McGarty: I want Whitney to get glam

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EastEnders star Shona McGarty has revealed she thinks Bianca Butcher was a bad influence on Whitney Dean’s fashion choices.

Whitney’s adoptive mum Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) has left Walford with all her family for a new life in Milton Keynes. Shona admitted to Inside Soap magazine she misses all her onscreen family, but hopes Whitney will ditch her tracksuits and becomes a glamorous independent woman.

She said: “There’s a chance for Whitney to grow and mature into a woman now – and I’m hoping she’ll ditch her tracksuits.

“I think Bianca was a huge influence when it came to Whitney’s fashion choices, so she might think twice now!”

The actress also revealed she hopes to see her on-screen brother Ryan Malloy back on Albert Square as a permanent cast member.

Whitney has recently been receiving text messages from her half brother, played by Neil McDermott, as he wants to see his daughter Lily.

In the latest episode of the soap (September 2) Ryan turned up to meet Whitney, but when he saw she was with his ex Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) he left.

Shona said: “I would love Ryan to come back!

“Neil McDermott is a brilliant actor and a really good friend. It would be nice for Whit to have her brother around again.”

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