Tina to be reunited with Zsa Zsa?
COULD TINA SOON BE REUNITED WITH HER DAUGHTER ZSA ZSA? LUISA BRADSHAW-WHITE FILLS US IN…
Luisa Bradshaw-white is one of our favourite soap stars. Fun, funny and totally irrepressible – when you meet her, you’re soon sighing wistfully, “Oh, I wish that she was a mate of mine”.
Of course, Luisa’s Eastenders alter ego Tina is game for a laugh as well – at least most of the time. However, Tina’s highs tend to be followed by terrible lows, when she’s left to deal with the consequences of her devil-may-care misadventures. Her one-night stand with Billy Mitchell is the talk of the Square – and the gossips will have yet more to chat about when they hear what Tina gets up to this week…
“She wakes up with a tattoo that she has no memory of getting!” chuckles Luisa, who joins us to rake over the details of Tina’s latest antics. “The day before, she gets really drunk with kids’ entertainer Magic Marv, who’s putting on a show at the community centre.
Then she wakes up the next day with a shocking hangover and this tattoo.
“She’s horrified by it, and it makes her think about her life,” adds the star. “But it’s fun to play Tina when she’s going off the rails and her life is a complete shambles!”
Poor Tina has been struggling to hold her head up in Walford ever since Billy unwittingly blurted out the truth about
Tina isn’t proud of the way she’s been behaving
their night together to his fiancée Honey. To add to Tina’s shame, Honey also knows that she was behind the hit-and-run accident that put her and Billy’s young daughter Janet in hospital last Halloween.
“Tina is carrying this huge guilt about splitting up Billy and Honey,” says Luisa. “She’s not in a good place, and she isn’t proud of the way she’s been behaving. Meanwhile, Shirley is being quite mean to Tina as she is concerned she’s just not getting her life together.”
After a lecture about her behaviour from both Shirley and Kathy, Tina knows it’s time she turned over a new leaf. But then her world is shaken by a blast from the past.
Rushing to the aid of a heavily pregnant girl at the café, Tina does her best to help – though she’s later puzzled when she spots the same girl at the Vic, and Shirley giving her money! When she confronts the pair, Tina learns that the girl is a friend of her estranged daughter Zsa Zsa named Georgi.
“Zsa Zsa has sent Georgi to the Square to get help,” Luisa tells us. “Georgi has badly fallen out with her own mum, you see. The problem is, Tina is left feeling put out that Zsa Zsa has never bothered to get in touch to explain all this.
“To add insult to injury, it turns out that Zsa Zsa has asked Shirley to help Georgi instead of Tina – which makes
Tina think about the current state of her relationship with Zsa Zsa. They’ve been going through a ‘bad patch’ for years, and Tina’s not mature enough to fix it.” All this talk of Zsa Zsa means Inside Soap simply has to ask the big question: does Luisa want mother and daughter to kiss and make up after all this time?
“It would be interesting to see Tina try to pick up where she left off with Zsa Zsa,” reckons the star. “But even if Tina wants to have a relationship with Zsa Zsa again, she’s petrified about having her back in her life after so long.
“If Zsa Zsa ever comes back, Tina will need to be tough enough to deal with huge amounts of grief because of all the mistakes she has made as a mum.”
Problem child: Zsa Zsa hasn’t been in Walford for almost a decade
Pregnant pause: Stunned Tina has a lot of questions for Zsa Zsa’s troubled friend Georgi
A turn-up for Tina: What will Georgi’s arrival mean for the confused Carter?