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Last Updated: Monday, 27 September, 2004, 10:36 GMT 11:36 UK
New Slater heads to Albert Square
Stacey Slater
Lacey said a part in EastEnders was her 'greatest ambition'
A new member of the Slater family is heading to BBC soap EastEnders.

Actress Lacey Turner, 16, has been cast to play Stacey Slater, Charlie's great-niece and cousin to Kat, Lynne, Belinda, Mo and Zoe.

The feisty female is set to shake-up the Slater household when she turns up in Albert Square unannounced and asks if she can stay.

Lacey said she had longed for a part in the soap since she was young and lived near the EastEnders set in Elstree.

Favourite actress

"I think people are going to love to hate her like they did with Janine."

She added: "I'm not like Stacey at all although I love playing her.

"She's a real challenge because she puts on this big act of being fiery and a trouble maker but really it's all a front and underneath she's very vulnerable."

Stacey arrives in Walford and announces she needs a place to stay because her mum has been "shipped off to the funny farm".

Despite having Charlie wrapped around her little finger, the rest of the Slater family are suspicious of her intentions.

Lacey said she was "speechless" when she found out she had been cast at Stacey and said Jessie Wallace - who plays Kat Slater - is her favourite actress.

"I've watched the show since I was about four years old, and I used to live in a house that backed onto the EastEnders set so I used to watch them filming all the time," she said.

"I always dreamt of being on the show and so I can't believe that I've fulfilled my greatest ambition."

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