Bad Girls reunited: “They gave each other licence to be who they authentically really are”

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Simone Lahbib and Mandana Jones speak exclusively to DIVA INTERVIEW BY CARRIE LYELL Our jam-packed June issue features an exclusive chat with Bad Girls legends, Simone Lahbib and Mandana Jones. These beloved actors brought Helen and Nikki to life in ITV’s iconic noughties prison drama. Here’s a taster of what they had to say. Simone [….]

NEW ISSUE ALERT: Dodie + DIVA = the perfect match

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Featuring Bad Girls, Line Of Duty and lots of cats BY DIVA STAFF, COVER IMAGE BY PARRI THOMAS How amazing does Dodie look on the cover of our June issue?! In an exclusive interview with DIVA editor-in-chief Carrie Lyell, the super talented singer-songwriter opens up about bisexuality, mental health and why she finally feels valid [….]

Simone Lahbib and Mandana Jones, aka Helen and Nikki, on the Bad Girls reboot we’ve been longing for

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“Fenner’s in an old people’s home and he gets murdered” BY CARRIE LYELL It’s been 20 years since Simone Lahbib and Mandana Jones, better known to millions as Helen and Nikki, appeared on the cover of DIVA magazine. Two decades on, Bad Girls – and Helen and Nikki’s love story – still captures the hearts [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Bad and beyond

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Twenty years since it first hit our screens, Emma O’Brien on why Bad Girls was an intersectional feminist dream come true BY EMMA O’BRIEN Judging by friends’ responses, and the occasional over-animated Twitter debate, there’s a general consensus that the big moment in representation for queer teenagers in the late 90s was when we all [….]

WATCH: Netflix’s new series of shorts is a love letter to queer TV

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“We wanted to show the positive impact that honest portrayals of LGBTQ+ characters can have on queer people” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE NETFLIX. Meet Jess and Sophie, two queer women living in Margate, England – who we’ve just fallen a little bit in love with. As part of a new series of shorts exploring #QueerNostalgia, [….]

Simone Lahbib: I wouldn’t say no to a Bad Girls reboot

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The actor behind the iconic Helen Stewart reveals all ahead of a reunion event BY CARRIE LYELL Before Orange Is The New Black and Wentworth, there was ITV’s Bad Girls. The show ended ten years ago, which makes us feel old. But it still holds a special place in the hearts of legions of loyal [….]

Mandana Jones on Nikki and Helen: I’m deeply proud; the trail of love is just as potent

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The Bad Girls actor on the enduring impact of Nikki and Helen BY ROXY BOURDILLON Bad Girls will always hold a special place in my lady-loving heart. The ITV drama about Larkhall women’s prison was the first programme I ever saw which showed same-sex relationships, the most iconic being between wing governor Helen Stewart and [….]