EastEnders star Laila Morse has revealed that she still worries about her acting ability.
The 67-year-old actress, who has played matriarch Mo Harris on the BBC One soap for over 12 years, admitted that she almost turned down the role because she wasn’t sure if she could do it.
“I just feel like I’m not quite good enough to do it. I suppose that’s an honest (answer)… You’re just frightened that you’re not going to be any good really, and as it turns out, I’m still there so I got to be doing something right,” she told Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
Laila – who joked that she would be ‘working in betting shops’ and ‘mini cabbing’ if she wasn’t starring in the show – admitted that filming Pam St Clement’s (Pat Butcher) exit scenes were challenging because she kept bursting into tears.
“It took me a long time to do that, because I knew that Pam was going. I kept crying even in the Vic when we had to do stuff. As soon as I had to say things to Pam, I just burst out into tears. It was terrible,” she recalled.
The actress, who counts Jessie Wallace and ex-EastEnder Laurie Brett among her closest friends from the soap, said she still thinks about Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler), who died in 2011 after losing her fight with cancer.
“Wendy was my closest friend. I love Wendy, and I still think about her every day. I still have all her pictures all over me kitchen and stuff. I’ve seen so many friends come and go there,” she added.