Aspiring actors at an Essex academy were last week treated to a day’s masterclass by EastEnders actress Gillian Wright.

The actress, who plays Jean Slater in the BBC soap, ran workshops for students in Years 8, 9 and 10 at Burnt Mill Academy.

She gave feedback on the students’ performances, helped them to develop their own characters and answered questions about her career and experiences.

Gillian, who recently returned briefly to EastEnders after stepping away a year ago to pursue other opportunities, said: “I have seen some great kids here today; they are so talented and full of character.

“I hope I have given them something a bit different and that it will mean something to them as they continue their work.”

The actress also attended the school’s after-school media club where budding journalists got the chance to interview her.

Main picture: Eastenders actress Gillian Wright with students from Burnt Mill Academy



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