EastEnders has a reputation for drawing in a wide range of audiences, even the rich and famous. But who could’ve imagined that it would include American superstar Whoopie Goldberg? Although it is hard to believe, The Sister Act actress once admitted that she has a strong love for the long-running soap just like the rest of us, and can’t get enough of all the drama that takes place in Albert Square.
However, she was left devastated when the popular soap stopped showing in the US. EastEnders used to be broadcast on the cable channel, BBC America, up until the network decided to pull the plug and drop it from their schedule. Opening up about missing the show, the actress, 66, said that she is extremely “sad” that it is no longer on air.
“I love EastEnders,” said the Ghost star during an appearance at the Edinburgh TV Festival last year. “BBC America started out showing that here in the States and I got very very involved in it and then it was gone.” Adding: “Where’s Peggy?! Where’s that woman with the cigarette?! I was sad that they stopped showing it here.”
US fans were not happy when they had to say goodbye to EastEnders back in 2003. However it did air on PBS for a time, but it was significantly behind where BBC America had left off. Despite this, fans across the Atlantic ocean have continued to show their love for the soap.
Following the death of Dame Barbara Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell between 1994 – 2016, fans and Whoopi paid tribute to the icon. Posting a heartfelt message on social media, the much-loved actress wrote: “I loved EastEnders and her in it.”
Whoopi began her career on stage in 1983 with her one-woman show, Spook Show. She is best-known for her roles the iconic films Ghost, Sister Act and winning a Golden Globe Award for her starring role in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 period drama film The Color Purple.
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