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Eastenders’ Jean Slater To Battle Ovarian Cancer

January 28, 2019

EastEnders‘ Jean Slater is set to battle ovarian cancer in a devastating new storyline.

The character will start to show symptoms of the disease before being diagnosed in the coming weeks. The illness is also the reason her son Sean – played by Rob Kazinsky – is returning to Walford.

Show bosses are working closely with Macmillan Cancer Support to ensure the storyline is handled correctly.

Gillian Wright, who plays Jean, commented: “It’s an honour and a huge responsibility to be taking on such an enormous issue, affecting so many women and their families. I’m aware of the impact such stories can have.

“It’s important we treat the issue of cancer diagnosis and treatment with huge sensitivity, dignity and respect. I hope the storyline helps awareness of the disease and is supportive to those that are affected.”

EastEnders producer Kate Oates added: “Jean’s diagnosis will impact every aspect of her life, including her family, her friendship groups and her mental health, and I know an actor of Gillian’s calibre will approach the story with great truth and depth.

“The Slaters are an amazing ensemble family, full of complex and well-drawn characters, and this story is a completely fresh subject for them to tackle. I know they’ll do it justice and in turn raise awareness of such an important issue that affects so many people.”

Georgina Wiley, treatment and recovery advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support, explained: “Being diagnosed with cancer can turn someone’s whole world upside down and stories like Jean’s can genuinely save and improve lives. It’s been a privilege to work with EastEnders to ensure the plot and the language used in the scripts are a true reflection of the impact that cancer can have.

“We want all the ‘real-life Jeans’ watching to know that we are here to help. Our free support line is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00.”

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