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EastEnders to include real footage of actors running London Marathon in crossover storyline

EastEnders to include real footage of actors running London Marathon in crossover storyline
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Real footage of actors Jamie Borthwick and Emma Barton running the London Marathon is to be incorporated into EastEnders.

Footage of Jamie Borthwick and Emma Barton running this year's London Marathon will be incorporated into an episode of EastEnders, it has emerged.

The characters of Jay (Borthwick) and Honey (Barton) have recently been depicted training for the event, which they will be running to honour Jay's late wife Lola (Danielle Harold), who died of a brain tumour last year.

The two actors are running the famous course for real on April 21, however, and BBC cameras will film their progress to include in a subsequent episode of the soap.

"I'm really pleased to be taking part in the London Marathon," said Borthwick, who previously ran the Marathon in 2019.

"EastEnders is a London show, and as far as I'm aware, we've never shown it before on screen so I'm really excited to be a part of it, although I swore I would never run it again after the last time!"

Exec producer Chris Clenshaw added: "The London Marathon is a landmark occasion in the capital, and therefore we're thrilled to celebrate our city and offer our viewers a never-before-seen glimpse of the momentous day through the characters of Jay and Honey as they take part in the event.

"Lola's death had a profound effect on the residents of Walford and this storyline will continue to follow her loved ones as they attempt to come to terms with her death and honour her legacy."

EastEnders continues Mondays to Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One and from 6am on iPlayer.

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