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EastEnders actress Zaraah Abrahams has had the difficult but amazing job of becoming the latest actress to play Chelsea Fox on the BBC soap.
And Chelsea has caused quite the stir since she rolled up to Albert Square reunite with her mother Denise Fox – bringing her convicted murderer dad Lucas in tow.
As well as bringing back her father, Chelsea also brought trouble in the form of her drug-dealer ex boyfriend Caleb along with her.
The latest scenes saw Chelsea convince both Lucas, played by Don Gilet, and Denise, played by the iconic Diane Parish, to help her try and traffic drugs to Ibiza to get her ex off her back.
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But, right at the last minute a spanner is thrown into the works when Lucas hands himself, and the suitcase filled with drugs, in to the police at the airport.
Actress Zaraah, 34, has exclusively opened up to OK! online on Chelsea’s relationship with her dad and reveals she thinks Chelsea should be the one facing prison, not Lucas.
When asked if Lucas handing himself in the right thing to do, Zaraah admits: “In my mind I think probably not” and laughs.
“I think it is a wonderful sacrifice and you would do anything for your children but she is – she keeps saying this – a 34 year old woman. I can see why he did it, he wanted to protect not only Chelsea but, you know, the implication that it would cause to the family as well.
“But I may have handed Chelsea in, I think that maybe she would have learnt her lesson then.”
After being arrested and beaten up in custody by Caleb's entourage, we finally see Chelsea tell her dad she loves him, but can she forgive her dad for all he’s done?
Zaraah explains: “I think Chelsea maybe able to, only because she has got herself into predicaments that she didn’t think she would be in and she might be able to find some understanding in the fact that life took her dad in a direction she didn’t want to end up in.
“So, there may be an understanding there where she may be able to forgive him.”
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Chelsea has made some rather eyebrow raising choices to try and get her ex, and the impending threat on herself and her family, out of her life.
But, Zaraah reveals she feels her character thinks her parents owe her.
The actress says: “She knows the right strings to pull and every time she might get reprimanded she manages to have something stored away that pulls on those guilt strings that makes her parents think: ‘It’s out fault what can we do?’
“But there comes a certain time when we do have to take responsibility for yourself and I guess that day will come, hopefully.
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“But, until someone’s willing to say: ‘Actually no Chelsea this is your problem you’ve done this and we’re not gonna dig you out’ she’s just gonna keep going. She’s a cat with nine lives!”
With Chelsea’s risky choices, Zaraah has had some moments where she was left with her head in her hands when discovering what Chelsea was going to do next.
When asked what was the most cringeworthy moment to perform, Zaraah says: “For me it’s when she came on to Jack, when I read that I was like: ‘Oh my God’ because you can’t help but think about you in that situation.
“If I ever came onto one of my mum’s partners I would be dead. There’s no two ways about it! I would be the black sheep of the family, never to be seen or heard of again. So that was probably the lowest for me.”
EastEnders airs on BBC One on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
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