Lisa Faulkner has joined the cast of EastEnders.
The actress and Celebrity Masterchef champ has taken on the role of Fi Browning, who has been described by the BBC as a “stylish, sophisticated businesswoman”.
Reporting on the casting, The Mirror suggests EastEnders’ Executive Producer Sean O’Connor looks on the new arrival as a major part of the soap moving forward.
“I’m so happy to be joining the cast of EastEnders – it’s an iconic show and I can’t wait to play my part in it.
“Fi Browning is a hugely exciting character and I’m really looking forward to working with Sean and all the team, and revealing more about her.
“I can’t say any more now as I’m sworn to secrecy, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.” – Lisa Faulkner
Foodie Lisa won Celebrity Masterchef in 2010 and has since authored cookery books and presented TV cooking shows.
As an actress Lisa has already experienced soap fame with parts in Brookside and Holby City and has also has roles in TV dramas including Spooks, Burn It, Murder in Surburbia and Death in Paradise.
“I’m really thrilled that we have been able to tempt Lisa Faulkner back to TV drama and back to the BBC. She’s an extremely accomplished and hugely popular actress and we’re very excited to have her in Albert Square.
“Fi Browning is something of a departure for EastEnders; a no-nonsense but sophisticated business woman with strength and vulnerability. But does she have an agenda? And who – or what- has she set her sights on?” – Sean O’Connor, EastEnders Executive Producer