Tamzin Outh­waite

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As the venge­ful bride pre­pares to make an ex­am­ple of cheat­ing Ray, her real-life al­ter ego Tamzin Outh­waite re­minds us that this isn’t Mel’s first big day in Wal­ford…

When Mel mar­ried Ian on Mil­len­nium Eve, I was in Mada­gas­car,” re­calls ac­tress Tamzin Outh­waite, grin­ning as In­side Soap joins her for a pre-wed­ding chat ahead of her al­ter ego’s New Year nup­tials to Ray.

“It went out live in Trafal­gar Square, with 21 mil­lion view­ers tun­ing in over­all. I had peo­ple phon­ing me up to tell me that you could hear a pin drop as Mel was say­ing, ‘I do’! “Nowa­days we get fewer view­ers

– but I still like to get as far away as pos­si­ble!” con­tin­ues the star, laugh­ing. “Once Christ­mas is over, that’s my adult time to go away, so I’m do­ing a trek in In­dia over the first week of Jan­uary. I feel as though I haven’t done as much ex­plor­ing lately, so it’s ex­cit­ing!”

While Tamzin jets off to the other side of the world, ice queen Mel plans to ed­u­cate Ray in the art of re­venge – and hers is as pure as the driven snow. The smart money, sup­ported by some very telling pa­parazzi pic­tures of the cast film­ing on lo­ca­tion, is on Mel ex­pos­ing Ray on their wed­ding day as a bigamist. But will that be enough to sat­isfy her ap­petite for vengeance? “I think it’s about more than just hu­mil­i­a­tion – she wants to make sure that Ray doesn’t do this again,” shares Tamzin. “To stop him, he ei­ther needs to be be­hind bars, move to an­other coun­try or be killed – which Mel is not go­ing to do. So I think it’s more about fe­male em­pow­er­ment, and get­ting some com­pen­sa­tion for his other wives af­ter what they’ve all been through. The trou­ble is, Mel’s plan has dan­ger writ­ten all over it!” Tamzin goes on to re­veal that the drama doesn’t just stop with the wed­ding. In fact, the ac­tress and cast mate Sean Ma­hon – who plays Ray – are in the process of film­ing a se­ries of night shoots when In­side Soap joins them for a chat. And judg­ing by some heavy hints from Tamzin, the bride may not have time to slip out of her gor­geous wed­ding gown be­fore events take a se­ri­ously dark turn…

“All I’ll say is… it has POCK­ETS!” ex­claims the 48-year-old star. “That’s my favourite bit about it, as I couldn’t have done all the night shoots for these episodes with­out them. I have props and all sorts, but you’ll dis­cover more about those later!

“Ini­tially, we [Tamzin, along with the Eas­ten­ders’ cos­tume de­part­ment] tried on a few dresses, and I fell in love with an­other gown,” adds Tamzin, who has two chil­dren with her ex-hus­band Tom El­lis. “But then some­one stopped me and said, ‘Tamzin, that’s you, isn’t it? That’s what you’d wear if you got mar­ried again,’ and I was like, ‘Yes! [jok­ingly pre­tends to sob]’ The style of it was bo­hemian, whereas Mel’s makes a bit more of a state­ment.

I do re­ally like hers, though!”

We’re quick to ask Tamzin if the pock­ets on Mel’s dress are large enough to con­ceal a murder weapon, to which she shakes her head dis­mis­sively and says, “There’s just enough room for your rosary beads, per­haps”!

It’s been al­most a year since Tamzin came back to Wal­ford af­ter 16 years away, and the star – who has en­joyed lead roles in tele­vi­sion dra­mas such as

Ho­tel Baby­lon, Red Cap and New Tricks – is pleased that she de­cided to re­turn to soa­p­land.

“I can’t be­lieve how quickly the year has gone – it only feels as though it’s been a cou­ple of months,” beams Tamzin. “Peo­ple do say that you lose years just en­joy­ing the ride here, and it’s true. I’m hav­ing an ab­so­lute ball!”

Mel wants to make sure that Ray doesn’t do this again!

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