Simone Lahbib and Mandana Jones speak exclusively to DIVA


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 on why Bad Girls means so much to LGBTQI fans

“I would imagine a lot of gay women identified with the struggle, with the obstacles.”

Mandana on why Helen and Nikki are so special

“They gave each other licence to be who they authentically really are.”

Simone on Bad Girls reunions

“There were several people who came forward and said, ‘That story, your representation, literally saved my life’.”

Mandana on where she thinks Helen and Nikki would be now

“Mowing the lawn.”

Read the full interview in our June issue, out now via the link below. Find out more about the Bad Girls Reunion at

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

  1. Hi There! I’m from Canada and I ordered the June edition of your magazine specifically for this story. However, at the end of the article it says there’s more on the website, however I only see excerpts from the article in the magazine. Any support would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. -Amy

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