'EastEnders' Lola to give birth in live Olympics episode
Published Jul 16 2012, 13:58 BST | By Paul Millar EastEnders
character Lola Pearce will give birth in next Monday's (July 23) live Olympics episode.Danielle Harold
will become only the second actress to act out a birth live on a soap opera.
A Walford insider told The Mirror
: "Everyone thinks the live show is all about Billy with the torch, but arguably Lola will steal the show when she gives birth in the live segment.
"No-one has tried anything like this on EastEnders
live before so it is a real challenge to get the emotion of the situation right. It will be the toughest thing Danielle has done in her acting career."
Her on-screen granddad Perry Fenwick will run live with the famous Olympics torch as Billy Mitchell in the special instalment.
After his iconic Olympics moment, Billy will rush to Lola's side as he learns she has gone into labour.Coronation Street
's Jennie McAlpine performed Weatherfield character Fiz's birth
in the ITV serial's live 50th-anniversary edition back in December 2010.
birth scenes will air next Monday
(July 23) at 8pm and 9pm on BBC One.