Jo Joyner haunted by live EastEnders gaffe

The actress had a tough time recovering from her EastEnders 30th anniversary clanger.

Press Association
Last updated: 24 March 2015 - 12.10am

Actress Jo Joyner has admitted that returning to the set of EastEnders a night after she slipped up during a live episode was one of her toughest ordeals.

The 37-year-old mistakenly referred to Ian Beale by the name of the actor (Adam Woodyatt) who plays him, saying “How’s Adam?” during the soap’s live week.

She told the Radio Times that she had still not watched the mistake, which had left her mortified.

Jo, who reprised her role as Tanya Branning in the 30th anniversary episodes, said: “I don’t need to (watch it) because people were sending me pictures of my face in shock every day on Twitter. So I’ve seen that image a few million times…”

She said of her decision to tweet about her mistake after it happened: “I thought I had to have the first word about it.

“If I’d gone to ground, it would have given people the chance to think that I was distressed and they’d have jumped on me.

“I’ve got a good sense of humour. But I couldn’t laugh about it until I’d gone out there the next night. I knew that people were watching to see if I messed up again.

“And to do that next episode live in front of 10 million viewers was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.”

Jo said that she has no plans to return to the BBC One soap again.

“You never know. But I’m definitely not ready to go back at the moment. I’m having such a good time outside of the show,” she said.

Jo Joyner Jake Wood
Jo Joyner starred alongside Jake Wood in EastEnders (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

And she will not be following in the footsteps of her former co-star Jake Wood (Max Branning) on Strictly Come Dancing.

“They’ve asked a couple of times, but it doesn’t appeal to me. I love dancing with my husband, but I like to dance as though no-one’s watching me. And you clearly couldn’t on Strictly,” she said.

“I’m also told that I’m a bit of a control freak and very difficult to lead, so I can’t imagine I’d be very good.”

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