EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison reveals show bosses snubbed a HUGE acting legend from the soap opera
Cheryl Fergison has revealed that EastEnders bosses turned down a huge acting legend who wanted to appear on the soap opera.
The actress, 57, is best known for playing Heather Trott on the soap opera from 2007 to 2012 and has now shared that a mega-star wanted to play her on-screen father.
She revealed that Bob Hoskins had shared an interest in starring on the BBC show for a few episodes but that show bosses didn’t take him up on his offer.
According to The Mirror, Cheryl told the Soap From The Box podcast: ‘I went to a charity event and Bob Hoskins was there, he said he would love to come in and play my dad for a few episodes.
‘I went up to the EastEnders head office and said, “This is the truth, last night I was here and Bob Hoskins said…” and they didn’t take it up!
Snubbed: Cheryl Fergison has revealed that EastEnders bosses turned down a huge acting legend who wanted to appear on the soap opera
Star: She revealed that Bob Hoskins (pictured in 2010) had shared an interest in starring on the BBC show for a few episodes but that show bosses didn’t take him up on his offer
‘I just thought, “Oh my god, how wonderful would that have been if for a few episodes Bob Hoskins popped in and out of Heather’s life?” That would have been good.’
Bob, who died of pneumonia in April 2014 at the age of 71, is best known for playing London gangster Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday in 1980 alongside Helen Mirren
The acting legend also memorably played private eye Eddie Valiant alongside a host of animated cartoon characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988.
He also famously starred in Mona Lisa, Heart Condition and Mermaids, while he also played the pirate Smee in the Steven Spielberg film Hook in 1991.
Cheryl also claimed that tap dancer and presenter Lionel Blair, who died in November 2021 aged 92, also shared an interest in playing her on-screen father.
Cheryl played loveable Heather Trott on the show for five years before being viciously killed by Ben Mitchell, then played by Joshua Pascoe, in 2012.
Cheryl’s latest comments come after she recently blasted EastEnders for ‘normalising violence’.
Last month, she branded the show as ‘ridiculous’ and went on to claim that it had ‘lost its way’ after 38 years on screen.
She told the Daily Star: ‘I am not the morality police but I do think has lost its way a little. Now it is all about how many people can be stabbed or shot in the Square.’
‘I don’t think that’s the right image for soaps to give. I think it is normalising violence to younger people.’
MailOnline contacted representatives for EastEnders for comment at the time.
The Walford-set show has seen its fair share of Ofcom complaints, with over 90 in 2014 following the pre-watershed rape scene between Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo).
Back in 2008, the show received 134 following the death of Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord) the same years as viewers were shocked to see scenes of paedophile Tony (Chris Coghill) groom 15-year-old schoolgirl Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty).
Legend: Bob, who died of pneumonia in April 2014 at the age of 71, is best known for starring in The Long Good Friday while he also played Arthur Parker in Pennies from Heaven (pictured)
Criticism: Cheryl’s latest comments come after she recently blasted EastEnders for ‘normalising violence’
Cheryl previously revealed that she burst into tears after being told she was out of EastEnders.
She told Best magazine: ‘It was a bittersweet day. What you get with one hand, you get taken away with another!
‘When they told me Heather was for the chop, (the boss) had to get me a tissue. Sometimes a character is sacrificed to make other stories work. I get it. I knew it was going to come but it was still a shock.’
A source told The Sun at the time about her exit: ‘Heather’s character has been hugely popular over the years, but the decision has been taken to cut her out of the show before viewers tire of her.’
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