EastEnders star Diane Parish reveals all on 'tricky' social distanced filming

EastEnders star Diane Parish has revealed that filming while social distancing is ‘difficult’ and ‘tricky.’

The actress — who portrays Denise Fox in the BBC One soap — opened up about how she’s adjusted to the new filming techniques.

She said: ‘It’s been tricky. Actors intrinsically have to be free, they have to be tactile and uninhibited.

‘And when you place inhibition on an actor it can sometimes be hard to be comfortable playing a scene out.

‘You’ve got a third eye on yourself because you’re aware of the things you can’t do. The thing I was taught when I was learning was to leave yourself alone as an actor, and this is the antithesis of that.

‘You have to be very aware of yourself so that you don’t touch the wrong thing, or throw your arms around somebody, or walk too close. We have to adhere to those things for our safety. It’s difficult but it’s possible. But it’s good to be working.

‘That’s the important thing for many of us in soap at the moment, is that we are part of a very privileged group in our industry who have jobs to go back to. So I’m grateful for that.’

EastEnders was one of the many soaps that were forced to halt production amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the shutdown back in March, episodes were rationed out in an effort to keep the soap on the air, but the final pre-lockdown episode aired June 16.


Production has resumed with social distancing measures in place on set.

Diane and co-star Tameka Empson — who portrays on-screen sister Kim Fox — take centre stage in Monday’s episode of Secrets From The Square, where they’ll sit down with Stacey Dooley and reminisce about their greatest moments.

One to watch: Monday 20 July at 8pm on BBC One.

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