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'EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa: 'I worried over soap role'

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EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa has admitted that she worried unnecessarily when she first landed her role on the soap.

The actress took over the part of Lauren Branning in summer 2010 and was last night named 'Best Newcomer' at the National Television Awards.

Speaking to PA, the 19-year-old explained that working alongside screen family members Jo Joyner (Tanya) and Jake Wood (Max) turned out to be far less scary than she anticipated.

Jossa commented: "There was less pressure than I thought there was going to be.

"When I first started I got really scared and worked up, thinking everyone's going to hate me. They've been there four years and then I'm coming in to be their daughter - it was a bit surreal.

"And then two weeks later I felt completely comfortable, everyone was cracking jokes and I thought, 'Oh... I built it up a bit!'"

EastEnders fans have recently seen Lauren hit the bottle as she struggles to cope with Tanya's battle against cancer.

> Read Jacqueline Jossa's recent interview with Digital Spy
> Read Jo Joyner's recent interview with Digital Spy
> Read more EastEnders spoilers and news

Watch Lauren's EastEnders character trail below:

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