Spoilers for EastEnders follow.
A Jay Brown drug storyline will appear on EastEnders as he mourns the passing of his wife Lola.
Jamie Borthwick’s portrayal of the character has been having trouble coping with Lola’s passing. Jay and her daughter Lexi were saddened when the hairdresser played by Danielle Harold passed suddenly earlier this year after receiving a diagnosis of an incurable brain tumor.
Jay will be using ketamine in subsequent sequences in an effort to cope with his bereavement.
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The new plot revolves around Jay getting to know Nadine, who looks a lot like his late wife.
Jay and Nadine, an escort, shared a bed on a recent episode, although they didn’t actually spend the night together.
He struggled with his guilt the next day as Ben and Callum fretted over his absence from home. Then they made a suggestion that Jay shouldn’t meet new individuals so soon.
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Harold received a National Television Award earlier this month for her depiction of Lola Pearce-Brown.
For a realistic representation, the actress and the soap opera directed by executive producer Chris Clenshaw collaborated extensively with Brain Tumour Research, Macmillan Cancer Support, and patients and families dealing with terminal brain cancer.
Harold also discussed the challenging narrative that was being filmed, saying that her co-stars were very “respectful” on set.
She remarked, “I can’t tell you how respectful it felt; it really was a mood I had never experienced before.”
The fact that we got it right meant so lot to everyone on set, I believe, since everyone had been impacted by cancer.
BBC One broadcasts EastEnders from Monday through Thursday at 7.30 p.m. The program is also available on BBC iPlayer.