Following the shocking Christmas Day episode that saw Abi Branning fall from a roof, Lorna Fitzgerald’s character was deemed brain cell dead.
Now, the 21 year old has moved on to new things and is making her stage debut in The Shadow Factory, a play about World War II.
Discussing the bold move, Lorna told Digital Spy what she wants to turn her hand to since leaving the BBC soap.
“I’m open to anything, really. I’ve really enjoyed the rehearsals for this and we’ll see how it goes when the live shows come around,” she said.
“I’d never say no to anything, though. I’d like to do both [stage and screen] in an ideal world.
“When you’re an actor, it’s just a case of going with the flow, really. Hopefully I’ll do a bit more TV, but you never really know. When you’re an actor, you just have to take it day-by-day.”
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Lorna added that she’s grown incredibly close to her on-screen family, Max Branning actor Jake Wood and Lauren Branning actress Jacqueline Jossa.
“I get on really well with everyone there, but I’ve stayed in touch with Jake Wood, Jacqueline Jossa and the younger cast,” she added.
“It’s really nice to have that – you make the effort to still speak with them when you get along with them so well.
“I think a few of them will be coming along to the play, which is nice.”
Lorna, who joined EastEnders when she was just 10 years old, added that she didn’t mind being killed off meaning she couldn’t return.
“In a way, it is quite nice. Obviously I miss the people, but it means that you just have to go out and do other things. The scenes were great, even though they were so sad.”