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Actress too good for soap says dad Dennis.

MILLIONS watch her on Britain's favourite soap, but actor Dennis Waterman says his daughter, a Warwick University graduate, is too good for EastEnders.

Hannah Waterman, 27, who plays Laura Beale, studied English and theatre at university and began honing her drama skills in the Leamington-based drama The Locksmith.

But dad Dennis, who played hard man Terry McCann in the long-running Minder series, thinks his daughter will stop learning now she's hit the big time.

Dennis Waterman told Radio Times magazine that some of the acting in EastEnders was "diabolical" and he couldn't believe young actors actually wanted to be in the soap.

Talking about his early years as an actor, he said: "If you were in a soap, that was the end of your career. Now people want to be in a soap because it will enhance their career.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with saying my daughter's too good to be in EastEnders, because I still think of soap as soap.

"She's not going to learn a great deal doing EastEnders, is she? Some of the acting is diabolical."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 2, 2003
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