Zoe Lucker has waved farewell to her EastEnders alter-ego Vanessa Gold by chopping off her hair.

The 37-year-old couldn’t wait to leave Albert Square after playing the feisty businesswoman for more than a year, and the first thing she did was to go to a hairdresser.

“I’ve actually cut my hair into a short, choppy-ish bob since I left. I needed to get rid of all that dead hair!” she told New!

Zoe is still close to some of her cast-mates.

“I get texts from Nina [Wadia], Marc [Elliott], Rita [Simons] and Steve [John Shepherd]. It was a lovely place to work,” she said.

However, the actress admitted that not working has been a shock to the system.

“I’d been working flat out for about three months, so it was strange going from all that intense stuff to not doing anything. I’m not very good at relaxing. If I sit down and watch daytime TV, I feel guilty! I like a project that I can focus on,” she continued.

The former Footballers’ Wives star is holding out for her next role, but fancies giving comedy a go.

“I think I’d like to try my hand at some comedy. It’s just a case of waiting for the right script to come along,” she said.

“I don’t want to jump into anything where I go, ‘Yeah, it could be all right’. I want to read it and immediately think, ‘I need to do this!'”