Diane Parish surprised by new Ian romance
In an interview with Inside Soap, Parish said: "I didn't see this coming at all. When the bosses first told me, I think there must have been some tumbleweed and a few crickets chirping - my reaction was like, 'Eh?'
"But then I was overjoyed because Adam Woodyatt is one of the best actors in the show. He knows his character inside out, yet he's always willing to try something new."
On the chances of Denise and Ian walking down the aisle, she said: "Well, technically, no. I'd like see the relationship through, but personally I think we'd pop the bubble with a marriage between those two."
However, she added: "But who knows where it'll eventually go? The writers on EastEnders keep on surprising us. Sometimes you do hesitate and say, 'I'm not sure about that' - but you ultimately just get on with it."