EastEnders legend breaks silence after 17 years of marriage

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EastEnders legend breaks silence after 17 years of marriage


EastEnders legend Lucy Benjamin has broken her silence, a year after the breakdown of her marriage.

Actress Lucy, who played Lisa Fowler in the BBC soap opera, revealed how she coped with her devastating divorce from Richard Taggart by staying out of the spotlight.

Lucy Benjamin has broken her silence about the heartbreaking break-up of her marriage.

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Lucy Benjamin has broken her silence about the heartbreaking break-up of her marriage.Credit: Rex
Richard Taggart and Lucy were together for 17 years.

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Richard Taggart and Lucy were together for 17 years.Credit: Rex

News of the end of their 17-year marriage first broke last summer.

However, he revealed that the popular film was over long before it was even released.

Richard and Lucy had actually split up a few months earlier, in January 2023.

The TV star said: got it!: “it was strange It had been quite a while since we had actually broken up, so that’s why I said it.

“But people didn’t put any pressure on us, there was no fuss. We just kind of were left alone, which was nice.”

Lucy, who played Phil Mitchell’s wife Lisa in EastEnders for five years, also said her work had provided her with solace during that difficult time.

She said her job was a “lifeline during difficult times.”

Richard and Lucy have two daughters, Bessie, 17, and Rosie, 13.

A source previously said: “Lucy and Richard tried to salvage their relationship but ultimately decided it was best for them to split up.”

“The last few months have been difficult for both of us but we hope that we can now look to the future.

“For them, their children are always their number one priority.”

EastEnders actress Lucy Benjamin has split from her husband of 17 years, Richard Taggart.

The pair met on a flight to Dubai when Richard made the first approach after recognising Lucy on television.

She once said: “He was sitting next to me and I was reading a book and he tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘This is going to seem strange to you, because I know a lot about you and you know nothing about me, but my name is Richard and I’m going to Dubai.’

“Luckily for me, I found it so funny that we never stopped chatting. We were engaged within six weeks and married within nine months.”

Lucy admitted that they rushed into the wedding, saying “it was a bit pushy but we had to do it quickly”, and revealed that she was seven weeks pregnant at the time of the wedding.

She previously dated her EastEnders co-star Steve McFadden, who played her on-screen boyfriend Phil Mitchell, from 1999 to 2003.

In 2002, she appeared in a calendar for men’s magazine FHM alongside her EastEnders co-star Jessie Wallace.

Lucy has also appeared in BBC1 dramas Casualty, Holby City and New Tricks as well as various pantomime roles.

News that their marriage was over surfaced last summer, but Lucy revealed it was over long ago.

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News that their marriage was over surfaced last summer, but Lucy revealed it was over long ago.Credit: Rex
Lucy said her job was a lifeline during difficult times.

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Lucy said her job was a lifeline during difficult times.Credit: Rex
The star is best known for her role as Lisa Fowler in EastEnders.

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The star is best known for her role as Lisa Fowler in EastEnders.Credit: BBC / Kieron McCarron

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