Emmerdale star admits shes annoyed over sudden soap axe

Louise Jameson has revealed she was "annoyed" over her Eastenders exit in 2000 as she felt the way TV bosses went about it "wasn't respectful" at the time.

The actress, 72, who many will recognise as Mary Goskirk from Emmerdale, portrayed Rosa di Marco in the BBC One soap from 1998 until 2000. In total, Louise appeared in over 200 episodes of EastEnders as matriarch Rosa but was suddenly axed after two years.

Two years after Rosa's exit from Walford, it was revealed she died following a heart attack. This storyline then led the way for Beppe's (Michael Greco) departure from the soap.

The di Marco family's exit eventually made way for the Slaters to arrive in Albert Square.

Actress Louise has now revealed her real thoughts about her sudden EastEnders axing, telling Inside Soap: "I was annoyed about the way it was announced. I was only told the night before it appeared in the papers. I thought they could have run it by me first so I could tell my family. It wasn't respectful."

She went on to admit there was a storyline proposed at the time that she wasn't very happy with, which she feels may have prompted BBC bosses to axe her character.

"Shortly before that announcement they'd wanted to run a particular story that I wasn't happy with and I wonder if that was the beginning of my demise. They were going to make Rosa racist," Louise recalled.

She added: "It's not that I wouldn't play a racist if the overall feel was anti-racism. But when you're in a soap, people identify you so strongly with the character you're playing so I didn't want to appear racist."

Louise shot to fame when she was cast as the companion to the fourth Doctor in Doctor Who back in 1977. She stunned as the leather-clad Leela in the role, and her newfound fame would go on to help her secure roles in crime series Bergerac and classic hospital drama Holby City.

In 2022, the 72 year old veteran star joined the cast of Emmerdale as Mary Goskirk – the mother of Rhona Goskirk – who decided to move to the village and spend more time with her daughter after growing lonely during the Covid 19 lockdowns.

Mary has been at centre of several storylines since arriving in the Dales in 2022, with her daughter Rhona initially struggling to get on with her mum, who she felt was constantly putting her down.

Mary has also had a lesbian love affair go badly awry and has faced being blackmailed.

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