EastEnders fans baffled as they spot former Corrie star on BBC soap
It isn’t every day that a rival soap star bags a role in one of the UK’s biggest soaps, but that is exactly what happened this week when EastEnders fans were treated to a surprise appearance by former Coronation Street star Krissi Bohn.
The former ITV star swapped the Manchester cobbles for a stint in Albert Square on Thursday (August 10) when she appeared in the soap as Ben Mitchell’s therapist Saira, as he finally began to seek professional help to combat the trauma of his sexual assault.
As many soap fans will know, Krissi previously played the role of Jenna Kamara, the daughter of Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles) and Mandy Kamara (Pamela Nomvete). in Corrie for two years between 2012 and 2014, so to see her in the rival soap case as quite the surprise for several fans.
"It’s Jenna from Corrie!! #Eastenders," as a second added: "I knew I recognised her."
During her two years on Coronation Street, Krissi’s character Jenna worked as a physiotherapist and was involved in a steamy romance with Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) which unfortunately soon fizzled out.
She was last seen on our screens heading off abroad after being offered an enticing job offer away from the doom and gloom of Weatherfield.
While it’s currently unknown if Krissi will be taking on a regular role in EastEnders or if this is simply a guest spot, it’s clear to see that therapy will provide a crucial lifeline to struggling Ben, who has seen his trauma manifest in a dangerous cycle of bingeing and purging due to his Bulimia.
Max Bowden, the actor that plays Ben, previously spoke of the character’s heartbreaking predicament: "I think there’s a level of isolation to Ben’s demeanour at the moment.”
“He tends to be quite a lone wolf, quite an insular human being and this is something that he does to try and take control of the situation so I think for him right now it’s a question of dealing with everything on the outside by attacking himself on the inside."
As well as processing the aftermath of his harrowing rape at the hands of Lewis Butler, he has also been struggling since former flame Lola Pearce's death and the arduous task of having to help raise his daughter Lexi.
Asked how he feels about the parental hearing, Max said: "It’s an accumulation of feelings. In essence, it’s the fact that Ben has never felt quite good enough.”
“With Lola’s passing, Ben has seen the relationship blossom between Jay and Lexi and he’s found it quite difficult because he wants to be that role model figure for Lexi.
"He wants to be that figure that can be the support and the guide and the light that she needs and I think with everything else going on alongside, Ben’s self-loathing is at a real high at the moment.
“He’s got guilt for not arriving home in time to say goodbye to Lola, the guilt of making himself sick through his bulimia and he sees a lot of good qualities in Jay that he wishes he could replicate."
EastEnders continues Monday to Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer
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