Jo Joyner: Lauren Drinking Problem 'Will Get Worse'

EastEnders star Jo Joyner has revealed that Lauren Branning's troubles with alcohol will worsen in the coming weeks.

The actress, who plays the teen's mother Lauren in the soap, praised the show's writers for allowing the plot to develop.

"I think things are definitely going to get worse before they get better when it comes to Lauren," she told Digital Spy. "This is a storyline that the team decided to do a long time ago, and they've given it a nice longevity.

"They've been weaving it in gradually and slowly, which I think is always a great thing in our soaps. When they take their time with a storyline like that, you can pretty much guarantee that it's going to come to some sort of climax."

She added: "Hopefully, as it's the BBC, we'll all learn something from that. But at the moment, Tanya is pretty ignorant of how bad things are with Lauren…"

Joyner is nominated for Best Actress, Best Dramatic Performance, Best On-Screen Partnership alongside Jake Wood, and Best Storyline for her character's cancer battle at this year's British Soap Awards.

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