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EastEnders star Gillian Wright rushed to hospital after nasty panto accident

EASTENDERS star Gillian Wright was rushed to hospital after suffering a nasty injury.

The actress – who is best known for playing Jean Slater on the BBC One soap – was left with a broken wrist while rehearsing for Snow White.

EastEnders star Gillian Wright was rushed to hospital after a Panto injury

EastEnders star Gillian Wright was rushed to hospital after a Panto injuryCredit: instagram/@therealgillianwright
The Jean Slater actress broke her wrist after a nasty fall

The Jean Slater actress broke her wrist after a nasty fallCredit: BBC

The TV star, who was set to appear in the festive pantomime in Chatham, was forced to receive medical treatment in hospital.

Gillian, 62, revealed that she had to undergo surgery and has been forced to pull out of the upcoming shows.

Sharing a photo of her arm in a sling, she told fans: “Rehearsing a wonderful Wicked Queen in this lovely script, with these lovely people at Central Theatre in Chatham..Took a little fall in dance …broke my wrist.

“Carried on with marvellous support from cast & crew & theatre, sporting a plaster cast, glittery sling & with the help of painkillers got through & did the Opening Night!”

She continued: “Surgery following day & suddenly my wrist has a metal plate & pins in it & I’ve strict instructions for the plate to settle and that’s me out of the show. Gutted.

“Can’t believe the enormous repercussions of a little fall.

“So much left to find with the Queen, lovely numbers & routines & rhyming couplet banter! So a bit…

“But! The marvellous Samantha Hughes has stepped in & taken on the role with exquisite grandeur & cheekiness & aplomb! Thank you Samantha for being so brilliant!

“Thank you cast mates for being so supportive! Will miss the adventure with you all!

“Thank you to Derwent Valley Hospital for their care & surgery & amazing recovery team!

“Thank you to the knit & chat group who donated blankets as the hospital heating went down & we got to take the blankets home!

“Thank you to @costacoffee girls in Chatham for the beautiful birthday cake & chocolates!”

Gilian was a drama teacher and theatre director before finding fame in EastEnders, where she was originally only cast for one episode as Stacey Slater’s mum.

However, her character proved to be so popular that she returned for more episodes a year later, before finally becoming a recurring staple of Albert Square in 2007.

Jean has been involved in some heartbreaking storylines including her battle with bipolar and her daughter Stacey’s diagnosis.