Just before Christmas, I managed to catch up with EastEnders newcomer Glynis Barber about her new role as the Mitchell sisters' mother Glenda.
Earlier this year, Glynis was cast in the role of Glenda shortly after Jill Gascoine stepped aside after only a day's filming.
No disrespect to Jill, but I certainly think it worked out for the best - Glynis is the spitting image of her screen daughter Ronnie (Samantha Womack)!
To read the first half of my interview with Glynis, then click here. Read on, though, for bonus excerpts from my time with her.
What kind of a character is she?
"When she lived with Archie, he was very controlling of her. Even though she lived in a beautiful house and had a glamorous lifestyle, life became unbearable and she had very genuine reasons for going off. She's never got back to the life she once had, and it's been very tough for her ever since. She has a real edge, but at the same time, she's very vulnerable. She's such a complex character, too. Generally, what she's saying is true but the words she's encasing them in are lies."
How does Glenda first appear?
"She just turns up out of the blue and walks into Peggy's kitchen! She's there just days before Archie's will reading - and she's broke..."
Why has she initially returned?
"Glenda tells the Mitchells that she saw in the newspaper that Archie had died and that she was shocked to see Peggy's married to him - as the last time she saw her, she was married to Archie's brother Eric! Glenda goes on to say that now Archie's dead, she's returned to see her girls."
Why does she have a bottle of pills? What's wrong with her?
"Well... She's on some kind of medication. She's had it - and still has it - quite tough. She's probably depressed..."
Why do Glenda and Peggy have such a rocky relationship?
"I think that all stems from the past because in my mind, Archie was always in love with Peggy. Glenda's always been jealous of that love and she even says to Peggy at one point, 'You were always the one he loved'. Glenda was the young blonde girl working in one of his clubs that he ended up marrying but there was Peggy who'd married his brother Eric who was 'the one'. Peggy was always the third person in the marriage."
Why does she have such a volatile relationship with Roxy?
"Roxy was younger than Ronnie when Glenda left and she was always a daddy's girl. Ronnie was the first-born and they were very close and very similar in temperament and personality. Roxy, however, was more like Archie and took his side on everything. One of the reasons Glenda gives for leaving is that Archie was beginning to influence the girls' thoughts against her and turning them against her. With Archie and the girls treating her like dirt, she just upped and left."
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