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'EastEnders' Danielle Harold recalls tearful audition

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EastEnders star Danielle Harold has spoken for the first time about her audition for the BBC soap last year.

The Lewisham actress, 20, won the part of Lola Pearce shortly after appearing on Jamie's Dream School on Channel 4.

She told TV Times: "I was more than terrified! I was really crying after we cut, because it was such a relief to get it out of the way."

Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce in EastEnders

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Due to a long-term bladder illness, Harold only managed to acquire one GCSE during her time at secondary school.

The Walford cast member explained of her turning to acting: "Afterwards, I went straight into work and did waitressing for a couple of years, but it just wasn't what I wanted to do.

"I've always wanted to act; drama was the only lesson I enjoyed at school."

Lola is pleasantly surprised to see Jay.

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Of how she sees her character, she added: "I did have a really clear vision of how I imagined Lola to be. I didn't go to a posh school, and there were girls there like her.

"And I've tried to take bits of what I can remember of being that age - you think you know it all!"

Harold became the second soap star to act out a live birth earlier this year in a special episode to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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