Whoopi Goldberg is a mega fan of EastEnders and was gutted when the soap went off the air in the US
EastEnders has a reputation for attracting a wide range of audiences, even the rich and famous. But who could have imagined that it would include American superstar Whoopie Goldberg? Though it’s hard to believe, The Sister Act actress once admitted that she loved the long-running soap opera, just like the rest of us, and couldn’t get enough of it. all the drama that was unfolding in Albert Square.
However, she was devastated when the popular soap stopped airing in the United States. EastEnders was airing on cable channel, BBC America, until the network decided to pull the plug and remove it from its schedule. Opening up about missing the show, the 66-year-old actress said she was extremely “sad” it was no longer on the air.
“I love EastEnders,” the Ghost star said during an appearance at the Edinburgh TV Festival last year. “BBC America started showing that here in the States and I got really involved in that and then off we went.” Adding, “Where’s Peggy?! Where’s that woman with the cigarette?! I was sad they stopped showing her here.”
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American fans weren’t happy when they had to say goodbye to EastEnders in 2003. However, it aired on PBS for a while, but was noticeably late where BBC America left off. Despite this, fans across the Atlantic continued to show their love for the soap opera.
Following the passing of Dame Barbara Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell between 1994 and 2016, fans and Whoopi have 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 stage career in 1983 with her one-woman show, Spook Show. She is best known for her roles in the iconic films Ghost, Sister Act and won a Golden Globe Award for her starring role in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 period drama The Color Purple.
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