EastEnders star reveals why she didnt shave her head for real for Jeans cancer story

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Eastenders actress Gillian Wright has been powerfully portraying Jean Slaters battle with ovarian cancer on the soap series, and has revealed she came close to shaving her head to make the portrayal as real as possible.

The star, who ultimately wore a bald cap for her scenes, revealed that she had to endure three hours of complete stillness in the make-up chair in order to get the final realistic look.

Admitting she considered shaving her hair off completely, speaking to Lorraine Gillian discussed the reasons why she ultimately didnt.



She said: I did give that a lot of thought but there were two main reasons that I didnt go down that path and one was logistics. Rob Kazinsky, who plays my son, his availability meant we had to that weeks storyline way early in the year.

So all the stuff that I did with climbing the O2 and all of that was done afterwards which meant I wouldve had to have worn a wig to look like me – which I thought it was a bit risky at the top of the O2! Its a bit windy, she joked.

Gillian Wright went under a three hour transformation every day (Picture: ITV)

However, there was another, more poignant reason behind her decision that ultimately went into the bald cap options favour.

Ive got dear friends and family who are going through, or have gone through treatment for cancer, some of whom have lost their hair, she added. It didnt sit right with me to do this as a game of pretend.

Gillian Wright on Lorraine
Gillian didnt think it was right to fully mimic a struggle people in her life are facing (Picture: ITV)

Gillians character Jean was reunited with her son Sean (Rob Kazinsky) for an emotional week focusing on mental health in early May.

Jean, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was seen attempting to help Sean with his depression as he considered suicide.

It ended in a powerful episode which saw Jean – having narrowly escaped death in an accident which left her bleeding heavily – managing to talk him round after a days mother-son bonding.



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