Star of the stage and three-time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman will be starring in a guest role on EastEnders as Elaine Peacock, Linda Carter’s mother.
Larger than life, Elaine is a glamorous Landlady who loves to be the centre of attention and having successfully run her own pub for years, it is something she excels at. Although the relationship between mother and daughter has often been fraught, it is clear that it is mainly due to the women being so similar – if you have met Elaine, everything about Linda makes perfect sense.
One person who always has time for Elaine is her son in law, Mick. Having got on famously for years, the two are very close. It is down to Mick that Elaine arrives in Albert Square after he realises that something is not right with Linda. Not knowing that Linda is going through the toughest time of her life, Mick is hopeful that Elaine’s arrival will help but will it make things better or worse?
Maria is best known for her performances in the West End productions of Chicago, Passion, The Woman in White and Ragtime.
Maria commented: “I am thrilled to be joining the cast of EastEnders to play Elaine Peacock. Working alongside Kellie Bright and the rest of the Carter clan has been an absolute joy. It has also been a lovely experience to take my West End shoes East for a short trip!”
EastEnders Continues Tonight at 7.30pm on BBC ONE.