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The 46-year-old star made an impact with EastEnders fans as James Wilmott-Brown’s (played by William Boyde) daughter Fi but ended up turning her back on her villainous ways by betraying him before she left the soap two years ago. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Lisa Faulkner said she would “love” to bring Fi back to the series. “I have to say I loved it,” she said of her time on the show. “I didn’t expect to like it at all.

“I don’t know why,” she admitted. “I was scared about doing it but they’d asked me to come and play this character and it was such a great character that I couldn’t refuse.

“But I went in and I loved it,” Lisa continued. “I became good friend with Louisa Bradshaw, who has become one of my closest mates.

“I had such a lovely time doing it. If they did ever say, ‘Would you like to come back and do a bit more Fi?’ then I definitely wouldn’t say no.

“It’s such a lovely place to work and everyone was so nice,” she added.

Fi ultimately turned on her Walford bad guy father James, endeavouring to rectify his scheming before she departed Walford.

She left to go abroad, but not before telling an ailing James — who had just survived a heart attack — that she no longer considered I’m to be her father.

Meanwhile, Lisa is a mother and cook as well as being a successful actress.

Since winning Celebrity MasterChef back in 2010, she has released several cookbooks.

She also later found love with MasterChef judge John Torode.

Lisa has recently teamed up with Ceder’s non-alcoholic gin in order to launch their “Alt-Jan” movement which aims to help those wanting to take part in Dry January make it a more fun-filled month.

“What I loved about the Ceder’s campaign was that it wasn’t all about going, ‘We have to be Dry January and it’s all very depressing,’” she explained. “It was an uplifting, mindful January that, if you wanted to do a Dry January, then Ceder’s was going to help you through it with different hints and tips.

“But also they were saying, you know what? If you fall off the wagon or if there’s a birthday party don’t knock yourself out. It’s about being a bit more mindful with alcohol and making a life choice rather than just a month choice.

“What I think a lot of people struggle with is the ritual of having a drink, wanting to feel that if they were with other people that were drinking that they weren’t the outcast,” Lisa continued. “It’s a non-gin that tastes like gin.”

Revealing the perks of Ceder’s range, she said: “You do it exactly the same in a nice glass, lots of ice and tonic and cucumber and herbs and you make it a special event to have that drink. 

“I drank it on New Year’s Eve and i liked the fact that I could have a proper alcoholic gin and tonic and then I could swap to the Ceder’s and nobody was any the wiser!” the former EastEnders star quipped.

Speaking about her favourite non-alcoholic cocktail recipe with the Alt-Gin, she added: “They do a crisp one which has got cucumber and chamomile in it as well and it’s just delicious and I do cucumber in it and a bit of mint or rosemary and some lemon and it’s really refreshing and just gorgeous.”

Lisa Faulkner has teamed up with CEDER’S Alt-Gin to launch its Alt-Jan Movement, promoting mindful drinking this January. For more information and tips, follow@CEDERS_AltGin on Instagram or visit www.ceders-alt-gin.com for delicious alt-cocktail recipes.


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