Second day of Eastenders cast filming scenes in Margate

Characters Jay and Lola at the water's edge Photo Frank Leppard

A second day of filming for BBC soap Eastenders has taken place in Margate today (April 18).

Cast and crew have moved from the Old Town, where scenes were shot at Wildes café yesterday, and are now filming at the Nayland end of the main sands.

The main focus of the scenes are characters Lola Pearce-Brown played by Danielle Harold, and soap husband Jay Brown, portrayed by Jamie Borthwick.

Photo Louis McLaren

In the BBC series Lola is terminally il and only has a few months left to live.

Brain Tumour Research worked with EastEnders on the storyline as Lola Pearce was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM).

Lola’s diagnosis with a GBM means that, like many patients with this devastating disease, she faced a bleak prognosis. GBM is the most common type of primary high-grade brain tumour in adults. This tumour type is very challenging to treat and the average survival time is distressingly short – just 12-18 months.

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EastEnders has been working closely with Brain Tumour Research and Macmillan Cancer Support on the storyline to ensure it is portrayed as realistically and as sensitively as possible.

Sue Castle-Smith, Head of PR and Communications at Brain Tunour Research, said: “We are grateful to EastEnders for helping to raise awareness of brain tumours. Lola’s story is all too familiar to thousands of families; brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

“Increased awareness is vital as we campaign for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more to improve outcomes for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.”

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Amy Mitchell played by Ellie Dadd and Bailey Baker played by Kara-Leah Fernandes, were also on set yesterday.

Photo Frank Leppard

The Eastenders crew were last in Thanet when filming took place at Joss Bay in October for the exit scenes of Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer.

Photo Robert Kemp

The scenes for the 2022 Christmas Day Special and Boxing Day Special featured  dramatic car crash scene at Joss Bay involving Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and Janine (Charlie Brooks). Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) manages to rescue them from the ocean, but he never returns.

Photo Louis McLaren

In 2015, the Eastenders production visited Broadstairs and Ramsgate in an episode where Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White ), Shirley (Linda Henry) and Mick (Danny Dyer) go on the hunt for their father Stan’s (Timothy West) stolen ashes.

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Locations featured included the Port of Ramsgate, Victoria Gardens and Morelli’s in Broadstairs, and Stone Bay where the Carter family scatter Stan’s ashes.

Thanet council’s filming fee for productions with crews of 75 or more people is an average of £1,500 per day. For the financial year 2021-22, the council received £62,624.68 in filming income.

Eastenders team filming scenes in Margate’s Old Town


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