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Danielle Harold wins National Television Award for brain tumour storyline

An award-winning actress has called on people to donate to Brain Tumour Research, during an acceptance speech to millions of ITV viewers.

Former EastEnders star Danielle Harold struggled to hold back her tears when she picked up the National Television Award for best Serial Drama Performance last night (Tuesday).

She won the accolade for her authentic and moving performance as popular character Lola Pearce, who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM). Her on-screen death in May left fans heartbroken.

Collecting her NTA award on the stage at The O2 in London, Danielle admitted “I literally, I didn’t prepare anything to say”.

She added: “This is the biggest, biggest, biggest shock and I can't believe I'm standing in front of the O2 - it’s so weird.

“I just want to say literally every single person who had an input into this storyline and the research, guys this is for you again.

“Please give money to Brain Tumour Research, they need it so, so much, they really do.

“I just want to take a minute to thank all the cast and Chris, and everyone who supported me, Julia Crampsie who brought me into the show, guys I love you so much without your support I couldn't do this, thank you so much.”

Brain Tumour Research is proud to have worked alongside the EastEnders team to ensure the storyline was accurate and informative.

It is the second time the actress has been honoured for her performance as a brain tumour patient, having also won Best Leading Performer at the British Soap Awards earlier this year.

Watch Danielle accept her award  here.

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