Former EastEnders star Carol Harrison claims soap bosses made her feel ...

Former EastEnders star Carol Harrison has lashed out at producers of the show and accused them of making her feel 'suicidal' amid a clash over 'sexist and ageist scripts'.

The actress, 65, who played Tiffany Mitchell's mum Louise Raymond in the nineties, has spoken out against the BBC soap and says the toxic atmosphere on set eventually led her to have an emotional breakdown.

Carol, who was 42 when she portrayed the character, told The Mirror how she had seven crunch meetings with producers over the way she was treated, with the drama having a serious impact on her health.

Furious: Former EastEnders star Carol Harrison has lashed out at producers of the show and accused them of making her feel 'suicidal' amid a clash over 'sexist and ageist scripts' (pictured in 2019)

Furious: Former EastEnders star Carol Harrison has lashed out at producers of the show and accused them of making her feel 'suicidal' amid a clash over 'sexist and ageist scripts' (pictured in 2019)

Carol was axed from EastEnders in 1999, after just a year on the show.

Discussing her treatment at the hands of producers at the time, she told the publication: 'I was told, "We don’t care about women over 40. They are not our audience. There is no interest in them"

'It left me shocked at how ageist and misogynistic they were. They told me to just get on with it and be grateful.'

The TV personality went on claim that the stress of her trying to please show bosses through her character led her to suffering blackouts, putting on weight and having suicidal thoughts which first occurred when she was a teenager.

Anger: The actress, 65, who played Tiffany Mitchell's mum Louise Raymond in the nineties, has spoken out against the BBC soap and says the toxic atmosphere on set eventually led her to have an emotional breakdown (pictured in character in 1999)

Anger: The actress, 65, who played Tiffany Mitchell's mum Louise Raymond in the nineties, has spoken out against the BBC soap and says the toxic atmosphere on set eventually led her to have an emotional breakdown (pictured in character in 1999)

Carol explained that she ended up on antidepressants and went to therapy following her time on the show, which she says made her feel like a 'has-been'.

During her time on the soap, Carol was involved in several explosive storylines, namely the affair with Tiffany's husband Grant Mitchell, of which Tiffany subsequently learned of via a baby monitor - a plot which which one the soap a BAFTA.

However, in the six months that followed, Carol recalled many scenes in which she believed reeked of 'ageism and misogyny'.

She told of a scene in which Louise's then lover Gianni Di Marco found a bottle of her hair dye in the medicine cabinet, leading him to brand the character 'nothing but an old granny.'

So sad: Carol, who was 42 when she portrayed the character, told The Mirror how she had seven crunch meetings with producers over the way she was treated, with the drama having a serious impact on her health (pictured in 2018)

So sad: Carol, who was 42 when she portrayed the character, told The Mirror how she had seven crunch meetings with producers over the way she was treated, with the drama having a serious impact on her health (pictured in 2018)

Shock: Discussing her treatment at the hands of producers at the time, she told the publication: 'I was told,

Shock: Discussing her treatment at the hands of producers at the time, she told the publication: 'I was told, "We don’t care about women over 40. They are not our audience. There is no interest in them"

Carol remarked that this was 'demeaning' to the characters and viewers of a similar age. 

While another scene saw Grant snap at Louise and remark why would he be with her when he could have Tiffany, despite his character being just five years younger than hers - with Carol adding that his line was 'ridiculous.'

Going on to discuss the difficult times she faced in the wake of her clashes she had with producers, she added: 'I had about seven meetings

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