The Walford villain we all love to hate will soon be departing the soap, but fans are speculating just how the wicked character will leave.
During this week's rocky episodes, Albert Square was turned on its head after Mick Carter (played by Danny Dyer) and Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) were arrested alongside Aunt Babe after the police got wind of the Queen Vic holding a lock-in and selling alcohol past their licence hours.
Annette has now revealed that her character would be "terrified" at being arrested, with viewers watching on as she protested: "I'm just the cook."
"She was assuming she could find a way out of it – it’s about staying alive in that moment. I don’t think she’s ever been arrested before – that would terrify her," said Annette.
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I don’t think she’s ever been arrested before – that would terrify her.
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"She used to joke about Stan being arrested and she used to be so condescending about it and put him down about it. For all she has ever been up to, she has never been in a prison cell so it was about her staying afloat in that precise moment."
The 66-year-old soap star continued to the Metro: "It is instinctive sometimes and she doesn’t always think things through.
"She often acts on impulse. She is bright and calculating but often her actions come from how much she loves Mick.
"She loves him so much – and it triggers actions that she probably doesn’t anticipate. Maybe she’s an optimist and doesn’t fully consider the damage she can cause."
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There's even more drama in store for Aunt Babe. Will the fearsome Walford regular be able to wangle her way out of the current mess?
With a chuckle, Annette said: "Oh, she could! I think the family have a lot to talk about – and a lot to find out about…"
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