Laurie Brett as Jane Beale

Laurie Brett as Jane Beale

'EastEnders' actress Laurie Brett insists there are "brilliant" scenes for EastEnders fans as the upcoming Lucy Beale murder storyline approaches.

The star, who plays Jane Beale in the BBC soap, claims the cast and crew are in the early stages of the storyline, which will see Lucy (Hetti Bywater) die in mysterious circumstances, leaving her father Ian, played by Adam Woodyatt, devastated.

Laurie told Inside Soap magazine: "All I can say is that there are some really brilliant scripts, and Adam Woodyatt's performance is outstanding. I think the nation should prepare themselves for total devastation.

"There are scenes being filmed that, if they don't make you cry, you must have a heart of stone. People need to order Kleenex in bulk!"

The plot will see Ian and ex-wife Jane try to deal with their loss, after the death of young Lucy in emotional scenes.

She said: "Don't forget, Jane brought up Lucy as her own daughter. I think she will be there for Ian, but I'm not too sure how much room Jane will have to be that rock. She's going to be grieving as well."

Laurie returned to 'EastEnders' in January and has appeared on-and-off on the soap, while her character has been involved with Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra).

But she is still committed to her role as Christine Mulgrew on BBC One's 'Waterloo Road' and is set to film the next series in coming months.

Laurie said: "Jane can't stay long, because I have to go back to 'Waterloo Road'. But in terms of Masood, I think he and Jane worked best when they were just friends.

"Their story was originally based on the 1970s sitcom 'Butterflies', where there were two people who should be together, but weren't. I found that more interesting ... I don't think Jane should go backwards."

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