Ex-EastEnders star Glynis Barber reveals BBC soap was 'toughest ever job' as she joins rival soap Hollyoaks

FOROMER EastEnders star Glynis Barber has revealed the BBC soap was the "toughest" job she's ever done.

Soap legend Glynis, 66, joined the Channel 4 soap as its newest supervillain, gangster grandma Norma.


But back in 2010, Glynis made her debut in Albert Square as Ronnie and Roxy’s mum Glenda Mitchell.

She stayed until 2017 with her final appearance coming after the deaths of her daughters on Ronnie’s wedding day.

“That was one of the toughest jobs I’ve done in terms of workload, though I was very fond of Glenda. She was naughty and blunt with no moral compass," she told RadioTimes.

The actress said she's not ruled out a return to Walford and praised her former co-stars for their work ethic.

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"The door is open in theory but would they want her? Her girls are gone, there are grandchildren she barely has anything to do with, but you never know," she continued.

“I loved working with the late Barbara Windsor, and Sam Womack and Rita Simons were such good actors.

"Doing scenes with them I’d marvel at how authentic they were. The Mitchell sisters were iconic.”

Speaking about her new role, Glynis said she'd previously turned down various parts in the C4 soap because it didn't grab her attention.

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“I wasn’t expecting to end up in Hollyoaks,” the TV star said.

They’d approached me in the past about other parts, none of which grabbed me enough that I’d want to commit.

"Then Norma came along, I read the scripts and absolutely loved the character.

"I’m very pleased I signed up, I’m really enjoying being evil.

"Being driven around in a hearse isn’t my favourite mode of transport, but if I don’t look behind me I can pretend I’m in an Uber!”

Glynis' character has already caused chaos in Hollyoaks after she claimed her first victim last week.

Her highly anticipated arrival to Hollyoaks left Sienna, Ste and Ethan fearing for their lives. 

Sienna and Ste stole money from Norma who stormed in demanding its return, but the pair were struggling to pay it back.

While it seemed Norma had her deadly sights set on Sienna, Ethan stepped in to sacrifice himself.

But in a twist that no one saw coming, Norma killed newcomer Asher.

It was then revealed that not only was Asher her accountant, but also Norma's secret lover and had tried to get the money back.

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