EastEnders’ Neil: Fans will sympathise with Janine

EastEnders star Neil McDermott reckons the audience will feel sorry for all three characters involved in his love even storyline.

Manipulative Janine Malloy (Charlie Brooks) has been poisoning husband Ryan, played by Neil, since discovering his affair with Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner), who is the mother of his baby Lily.

But actor Neil thinks the story leaves room for sympathy for everyone – vengeful Janine, cheating Ryan and husband-stealer Stacey.

He said: “I don’t think it’s surprising how Janine reacts. The audience knows her character very well and I think they may be surprised by the extent to which she goes, but you can see it coming. If Ryan is going to do certain things, she will react.

“The audience will sympathise with that and understand why she’s doing what she’s doing. But I think they’ll also understand why Ryan feels he can’t be with her any more and possibly why Stacey feels attracted to having a man look after and protect her, especially someone who was there when she gave birth and saved her child from a fire.

“The audience will sympathise at different times with everyone and will understand at least where everyone is coming from. It’s a good story.”

Janine was instrumental in the death of previous husband Barry Evans, whom she pushed off a cliff.

Lacey Turner is set to bow out of the soap on Christmas Day after more than six years in Albert Square.