EastEnders star Letitia Dean told this lie to get Sharon Watts role over 35 years ago


Can you imagine a world where Sharon Mitchell doesn’t exist? No, neither can we.

This would have been EastEnders’ reality if actor Letitia Dead hadn’t told producers a little porky when auditioning for the soap.

Although Sharon has come and gone from Walford a few times over the past 35 years she’s also been one of the most iconic characters.

In Monday’s (June 29) instalment of EastEnders: Secrets of the Square, Letitia joined Ian Beale star Adam Woodyatt and presenter Stacey Dooley to take a trip down memory lane on their time in Walford.

And it was epic!

Stacey asked both soap stars to recall their auditions as teenagers back in the mid 80’s, and Letitia confessed she wasn’t exactly honest with producers.

Letitia explained: “I don’t really remember the audition that much.

“I know there were quite a few recalls. They were looking far and wide.”

But she missed one big requirement EastEnders bosses were looking for when casting for their new soap.



Adam Woodyatt and Letitia Dean spoke with Stacey Dooley on EastEnders: Secrets from the Square

Letitia continued: “We had to be born ‘within the sound of Bow bells’,” she remembered. “And I told a porky!”

This refers to people from East London who have a cockney accent – which she didn’t have as she’s actually from Hertfordshire.

“I said my parents had to go and work away, and I was staying with somebody in ‘the sound of Bow bells’,” she recalled. “I do remember getting the job and getting the call.

“I remember that quite clearly. It was just so exciting.”

Well, thank you Letitia Dean for telling a little white lie!

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