Zöe Lucker joins EastEnders

Former Footballers Wives star Zöe Lucker is to join the cast of EastEnders.

Zoe as scheming Tanya

“I’m a huge fan of the show and I’m really looking forward to working closely with Jake Wood. I’ve heard fantastic things about the show though friends like Kacey Ainsworth and Natalie Cassidy, so I can’t wait to get started.” – Zöe Lucker

The actress, who made a cult figure out of her alter-ego Tanya Turner in the glitzy ITV drama, is joining the soap to play a businesswoman named Vanessa.

Vanessa will make a beeline for Max Branning (Jake Wood) after checking out his offerings at the car lot when she hits primetime BBC1 screens four nights a week.

“Zoe is perfect for the role. The character is a strong, confident force of nature who will play Max at his own game.” – Executive Producer, Bryan Kirkwood

Lucker recently starred in BBC crime drama Holby Blue and participated on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing alongside Footballers Wives co-star Laila Rouass.