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What's going on in the mind of Lauren Branning?

Nickie | 10:30 UK time, Friday, 14 October 2011

Have you been watching Lauren this week? It's sort of broken our hearts a little. 

She's been supporting her mum through radiotherapy and chemotherapy, making her a mix CD (defining tune, Barbie Girl by Aqua) and cooking her up rice pudding and toast, just like Tanya used to when Lauren was small. Sob.

Next week we'll have the first of three new Lauren diaries

But before you get access to more of her video secrets, we thought we would break down the workings of her mind into a PIE CHART. It's proper scientific... Plus after that, we take a look at her style...


She's had her heart broken by Ryan, broke up Jodie and Darren's relationship (oops), sent her dad packing, watched as Jack and Ronnie fell apart, hung out with her mates, navigated Tanya, Rainie and Cora's many fall-outs, and this week marks the anniversary of her cousin and friend Billie's death. But by far the thing that's dominated her thoughts is her mum's cancer treatment and the pressure of keeping it a secret from the rest of her family. Could you cope with the year she's had?

 Meanwhile, we can't leave without a mention of Lauren's style. I want that leather jacket. That is all.


Jacqueline Jossa is nominated for Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards. It's up for the public vote until Monday 17th so show your support!


  • Comment number 1.

    Many things going on, but to be honest, shes made it that way, hope she starts being a happy chappy soon. :)

    Love jaq, so pretty and cute!

  • Comment number 2.

    @hadyn - yep. she don't exactly shy away from trouble, our lauren...

  • Comment number 3.

    if that was my head... id explode!

  • Comment number 4.

    hung out with her mates,

    ??? did that really need adding

  • Comment number 5.

    I love the support Lauren has gives her mum, having been through similar my daughter was there for me all the way, it was as if WE has Chemo, i was never alone, we use to make a day of treatment, packed lunch, books, cards and we could quite happily sit and ignore each other.....

  • Comment number 6.

    Why is Anthony on her mind?

  • Comment number 7.

    This is too much for a teenage girl to cope with and not something I would put my child through

  • Comment number 8.

    I have never seen the Lauren diaries. They never load for me :/

  • Comment number 9.

    I'm really enjoying watching Lauren Branning at the moment. I think she's a fantastic character. Jacqueline Jossa has really made the role of Lauren her own, and is probably most successful re-cast in the show's history after Mark Fowler and Peggy Mitchell. Lauren's really grown on me - it took me a while to warm to her when she returned but now she's fantastic. I love Lauren's friendship with Whitney and I hope that continues. The scenes Lauren's had with Tanya supporting her through her cancer have been amazing, but extremely sad and so well acted. Lauren and Carol together are always really enjoyable to watch. Lauren's one of my favourite young characters in the show right now - and I hope she's in the show for a long time to come and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Lauren Branning!

  • Comment number 10.

    is there a new actress playing lauren? cos i aint noticed a change!

  • Comment number 11.

    Yes, last year Jacqueline replaced the original actress Maddie Duggan who played Lauren from 2006-2010.

  • Comment number 12.

    @united_kaz - fair point - just seemed right that her mates should be in there, as sometimes they're the only thing that keeps her head above water.

    @pilky - so that's why anthony's floating in her consciousness

    @chrissy b - wow. this story must have real resonance with you. i love watching lauren and tanya's relationship getting stronger

    @clare - that's strange. you can't watch them on bbc.co.uk if you don't live in the UK. if they're still not working for you, they're available on YouTube - as will the new ones.

  • Comment number 13.

    Lauren is a amazing character and to be honest i admire her(blush) but I also think that her and Ryan were a good couple

  • Comment number 14.

    What is happening now, although is massive for her Mum is relatively small where the writers are going with Lauren.

    Word is Lauren has condition which will only be uncovered by the traumatic events she goes through.

    No normal teenager tries to kill their Dad. She is a control freak, she wants to control everyone but when it comes down to it she is just like everyone else.

    The character of Lauren is in a similar area where the character of Stacey was 5 years ago. I don't think they will go down the bi-polar route with Lauren as that has already been done but something like Impulse Control Disorder comes to mind for Lauren.

    But before all this we have a possible route of Panic Stress for Whitney who is obviously struggling with her ordeal.

  • Comment number 15.

    laurens mum and dad both have blue eyes,lauren has brown eyes.
    do i here another duff duff...


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