EastEnders: Bonnie Langford exits Walford E20 and moves to 42nd Street!

EastEnders, Bonnie Langford

EastEnders' Carmel Kazemi has done a whole lot of crying lately. But Bonnie Langford will have a lot more fun when she joins the cast of musical 42nd Street

It has been a horrible time for EastEnders' Carmel Kazemi recently. The grieving mum is trying to rebuild her life following the shock death of her teenage son, Shakil, who died after being stabbed by a gang member.

But there are happier times ahead for EastEnders star Bonnie Langford who plays the character. Bonnie will film her final scenes as Carmel over the next few months, and Carmel will exit Albert Square at the end of the year. Bonnie already has a new role lined-up and will be returning to the world of musical theatre, joining the cast of West End musical 42nd Street, playing the part of Dorothy Brock, a one-time leading lady whose star has faded and find herself auditioning for a role in famous director Julian Marsh's new musical.

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The part of Dorothy has previously been played by Sheena Easton and Lulu during the UK run of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. Bonnie joins the cast from Monday 3 September through to Saturday 5 January 2019, when the musical will end its current UK run.

The cast also includes ex-Emmerdale star Tom Lister as Julian Marsh.

Catch Bonnie Langford in 42nd Street between 3 September to 5 January 2019 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

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Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

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