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Ex-Eastenders star Carol Harrison claims she was axed for being ‘too old’

Ex-EastEnders star Carol Harrison has accused the series of ‘ageism’ with older actors getting cut in favour of a younger cast. 

Carol appeared on the soap from 1998 to 1999, appearing as Tiffany Mitchell’s feisty mother Louise Raymond. 

Leaving after only a year, despite earning a Bafta for her character’s affair with Tiffany’s husband Grant Mitchell, Carol is now claiming she was axed as she was ‘past it’ and the team wanted to push out older actors. 

Speaking to Melanie Blake on YouTube series GirlTalk, she explained: ‘I think it was definitely deliberate to get rid of that age group and just have young actors and the older characters who couldn’t be got rid of.

‘It wasn’t just me. They got rid of a whole raft of people. They wanted to eradicate the 40 year-olds like you were past it. I was a commodity and I was treated like c**p.

‘It was very weird to me, because I’d never experienced it before and it was very painful.’ 

Carol claims the show dismissed her as she was ‘too old’ to keep around (Picture: Rex)
Carol played Tiffany’s sneaky mother on EastEnders for a year (Picture: BBC)

Adding she was sacked without warning, Carol said: ‘It was shocking for me, but I thought this must be what happens when you get to over 40, because that’s the way my character was being portrayed and that’s the way I was feeling on that set.

‘I thought maybe I was being over-sensitive, it was a character. But it affected my confidence and the way I felt about myself.’ 

Carol told her story in line with the release of Melanie’s raunchy novel Ruthless Women – which is based around a fictional soap whose bosses start axing their over 40s stars. 

Similarly, Carol claimed that she was branded a ‘highly-paid extra’ by a boss, who told her: ‘We’ve had lots of you. We’ve kind of done you and we can’t afford to keep you on.’ 

Metro.co.uk has contacted EastEnders for comment. 

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