(On Ace being more assertive compared to other companions)
Sophie Aldred: You couldn't have said a nicer thing. I was a real tomboy when I was growing-up. I really understood the character of Ace.
Twenty years ago there were no equivalent young female roles on television who were doing realistic, down-to-earth, tomboyish things. I think there was Susan Tully on EastEnders, but I can't think of any others – so it was very exiting for me to do that part and get such great feedback from the public about having somebody realistic to see on the screen. Still now I meet women who say, 'You were such a hero of mine. I loved the way you were so strong,' and all that sort of thing – so I'm very proud to have played a character like that.