Ex-EastEnders star Melissa Suffield has revealed how she was bullied as a teenager by girls who confused her with her soap character.
The 20-year-old actress starred in the soap between 2004 and 2010 as Ian Beale's tearaway teenage daughter Lucy, and has spoken to The Daily Mirror about how she struggled to come to terms with fame at such a young age.
Melissa revealed: "I was relentlessly bullied by a group of girls - it was systematic, grim and really nasty.
"I was spat at and got chased home also. God knows what would have happened if they had caught up with me.
"They were like, 'There's Luce, let's get her.' It was so upsetting and so frequent. I was pushed nearly on to the [train] tracks. I feared for my life.
"I was genuinely terrified. I tried to put on a brave face but inside I was petrified. I thought they wanted to kill me."
The actress has now moved on with her life, and is pursuing her career, with roles in panto, Casualty and a short film.
She said: "I felt I was 18 when I was 14. It was hard relating to people - I was in a totally different world to school. I am happier and securer than I've ever been. I regretted it at the time and for months afterwards but I'm fine with it now."
And Lucy Beale returned to Albert Square last year, played by Hetti Bywater.
Melissa said: "It wasn't a shock when they brought Lucy back. Hetti is really pretty and thin while I'm a bit of a heifer. I said everyone would warm to her and they have."
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Posted By: Terrible22 |
4/04/13 1:44 PM
Thats messed up I cant believe adults let that stuff go on to a young girl like that
Posted By: Toggle |
4/08/13 1:07 PM
I guess that makes her a brilliant little actress