Abi Branning actress Lorna Fitzgerald reveals her plans for life after EastEnders – as she vows to stay in touch with soap family Jacqueline Jossa and Jake Wood

Posted on Feb 1 2018 - 6:23am by admin

Lorna Fitzgerald plays Abi Branning in EastEndersLorna Fitzgerald has opened up about life after EastEnders [Getty]

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.

EastEnders: Shock double exit planned for Lauren and Abi Branning as stars Jacqueline Jossa and Lorna Fitzgerald are axed from the soapLorna Fitzgerald has played Abi Branning since 2006 [BBC]

“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.”

EastEnders: Viewers left baffled as Jay Brown fails to visit ex girlfriend Abi Branning in hospital Abi Branning died after her life support machine was switched off in heartbreaking scenes [BBC]

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.

Lorna's onscreen family, played by Jake Wood and Jacqueline Jossa, are currently away from the soapLorna has vowed to stay in touch with Jake Wood and Jacqueline Jossa [BBC]

“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.”

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