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'EastEnders' Laurie Brett teases alcoholic 'Waterloo Road' character

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Ex-EastEnders star Laurie Brett has revealed that her new Waterloo Road character will be an alcoholic.

The actress, who made her last appearance as Jane Beale in January, will play Scotland-born English teacher Christine Mulgrew on the school drama from this autumn.

"Drink doesn't affect Christine's life - unless she doesn't have any," Brett told the Daily Record. "She needs to keep a certain level of drink in her system in order to get through the day."

Laurie Brett at the BAFTA television awards at the London Palladium

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Waterloo Road title card

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"In spite of being an alcoholic, Christine's a very good teacher. But she uses alcohol to function on a day-to-day level," Brett added.

Further explaining her decision to join Waterloo Road, she said: "I've always really loved the show and think it's amazing [that] it's now in its eighth series. It's incredibly popular and it's great to be part of it."

Brett, who hails from Scotland, added: "I've only used my own accent once before - in a commercial years ago.

"This time around, it's been a great tool to make a distinct departure from the role I'm best known for – Jane in EastEnders.

"The writers could have made Christine from anywhere in the UK, but the fact she was Scottish was a great draw for me.

"Playing in my own accent was quite funny and I hope no one tunes in and says, 'She's got a rubbish accent'."

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