Back to­gether?

We’ll see if Mandy and Steve re­sist a ro­man­tic reunion…

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Mix­ing busi­ness with plea­sure didn’t go so well for Ack­ley Bridge head­mistress Mandy Carter and her PE teacher hus­band Steve Bell, as last se­ries their mar­riage was left in tat­ters af­ter they were both un­faith­ful. But now, they seem to be get­ting closer again.

‘There’s such a phys­i­cal at­trac­tion and an emo­tional con­nec­tion be­tween them, they can’t seem to keep away from each other,’ says for­mer EastEn­ders star Paul Ni­cholls, who plays Steve.

This week, Steve tries to help trou­bled pupil Cory Wil­son and in­vites a rugby scout to watch him play. But when ten­sions run high, he and Cory’s vi­o­lent dad, Kevin, come to blows.

‘Steve has got real em­pa­thy for both

Cory and his brother Jor­dan,’ says Paul.

‘He just wants to steer them on a good path.’

En­cour­ag­ing

Mandy is touched by Steve’s at­tempts to help Cory and en­cour­ages her ex to ap­ply for the new deputy head role. Then, as the pair bond again, it seems like a reunion is on the cards.

One thing that could throw a span­ner in the works is Steve’s feisty ex, Claire But­ter­worth, played by Girls Aloud’s Kim­ber­ley Walsh. She caused trou­ble ear­lier in the se­ries, and is set to re­turn to Ack­ley Bridge. ‘Kim­ber­ley was lovely,’ says Paul. ‘It can be daunt­ing to join a se­ries, but she was bril­liant.’

Learn­ing curve… Steve looks out for trou­bled Cory (right)

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