EastEnders star Lisa Hammond has confessed she loves the fact that her character Donna Yates isn’t exactly the most popular woman in Walford.

The actress joined the BBC soap in April last year as the market stall owner and told Inside Soap magazine how much she enjoys being bad.

Lisa said: “Viewers come up to me in the street and say, ‘You’re a b***h!’ right in my face! But I find that really exciting, because it means I must be doing something right.

“Donna’s not supposed to be particularly likeable, and I find that much more interesting to play than someone who’s a bit neutral.”

And even though soap bosses are planning to show a kinder side to Donna, Lisa still doesn’t want viewers to like her.

She said: “We’ll discover that there is a softer side to her, and a funnier side as well.

“But it doesn’t matter if people still hate her – I don’t want her audience to just go, ‘Oh well, that explains why she is how she is’.


“She could lighten up anyway, couldn’t she? But I don’t think you’ll ever see a full turn around with Donna.”