The show recently introduced family members Mercy Olubunmi (played by Bunmi Mojekwu) and her Nigerian grandmother Grace Olubunmi (played by Ellen Thomas).
I remember actress Ellen Thomas when she appeared on The Lenny Henry Show back in the late eighties. Since then she has starred in a multitude of different TV projects over the years, and has managed to bag some pretty big TV roles.
Now she is playing a Nigerian grandmother in Eastenders, and her accent is atrocious.
Don’t get me wrong Ellen is a decent actress, but I don’t understand why she hasn’t bothered to perfect the Nigerian accent before filming her first scene, or why Eastenders producer Bryan Kirkwood didn’t opt instead to cast a Nigerian actress to play Grace. Would that have been so hard????
Does Bryan think we’re dumb? That we won’t notice that the woman supposedly playing a Nigerian grandmother actually sounds West Indian…. well sort of.
Those who tune in to Eastenders will know what I mean.
Bryan you seriously need to sort this out.
How much does it cost to hire a dialect coach?