EastEnders star Simone Lahbib says messages from abuse survivors 'hit home'

EastEnders star Simone Lahbib has opened up about the messages she’s received from abuse survivors after she played Mick Carter’s (Danny Dyer) abuser Katy Lewis.

The hard-hitting storyline has seen Mick bravely reveal that he was abused as a child, with Katy attempting to gaslight him.

As she spoke about the challenging role, Simone said the messages she received emphasised the importance of the storyline in bringing awareness to the issue.

‘Especially after the New Year episode I had a lot of messages from people – some of them I was very surprised to get messages from – to say, “This was my story and I just want to say the way you portrayed it was exactly right,”‘ Simone recalled on Loose Women.

‘I think after the New Year [episode], that really hit home from all the messages, how important the storyline was,’ she continued.

The actress also had high praise for her co-star Danny, and the ‘clever casting’ which saw the actor, who usually plays ‘alpha male’ characters, taken on a more vulnerable role.

‘I have to say that i thought the casting was really clever,’ Simone pointed out.

‘To choose Danny as the victim – he tends to play alpha male characters and I’ve always tended to play sympathetic, empathetic, trustworthy characters that are warm with a lot of vulnerability themselves.’

Simone continued: ‘Danny was amazing to work with, he’s a really good actor, he’s very professional as well,’ adding: ‘He’s bang on with everything he does.’

She went on to say that, before her first day, he called her to talk everything through.

Recent scenes saw Mick make the huge decision to report Katy to the police after Linda (Kellie Bright) made a shocking discovery, learning that Katy had abused others.

After giving it some thought, she revealed her discovery to Mick, who was incredibly emotional to learn that Katy was a serial child abuser.

He knew something needed to be done, and therefore he told Frankie (Rose Ayling-Ellis) that he intended on going to the police.

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