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Lisa Faulkner's EastEnders role was entirely unexpected

Lisa Faulkner began filming her role on EastEnders a couple of days ago, and described her start on the BBC soap as a "bit of a baptism".

Lisa Faulkner's new EastEnders role came "completely out of the blue".

The 45-year-old has become more famous for her cookery skills than her acting in recent years, after her Celebrity Masterchef win spurred her on to develop her passion for all things culinary. But during an interview on Lorraine on Thursday (09Mar17), Lisa admitted that while her return to the small screen was unexpected, she's loving every minute of it.

"I started filming a couple of days ago and it’s a bit of baptism," Lisa said. "Everyone’s really lovely and it came completely out of the blue."

It was an EastEnders producer who first pitched the idea of Lisa playing "no-nonsense businesswoman" Fi Browning in the BBC soap. And while Lisa was initially unsure about returning to acting, she was soon convinced to give it a go.

"I was expecting to do my recipes and then the producers called me up to meet them and he sold this character to me," she smiled. "They said let’s just see what happens and I thought, ‘why not? Jump in. What’s the worst that can happen?’

"She’s a great character, I’m looking forward to playing her."

Lisa found fame on medical drama Holby City in the late ‘90s and won Celebrity Masterchef in 2010, where she also met her now-boyfriend John Torode.

Despite Lisa's interview, details of her character and her involvement in Albert Square are still being kept tightly under wraps.

"I'm so happy to be joining the cast of EastEnders - it's an iconic show and I can't wait to play my part in it!" Lisa said when the news of her casting was initially announced.

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