Original EastEnders Lauren Branning actress looks totally unrecognisable in new bikini snaps

EastEnders’ Lauren Branning is a staple on screen, but life has moved on for the original actress who played the character.

Before Jacqueline Jossa joined Albert Square in 2010, the role was played by child star Madeleine Duggan.

At the tender age of just 12, Madeleine joined the soap as a regular cast member and was part of many shocking storylines.

These include exposing her father’s affair before attempting to run him over, and a harrowing grooming story with Whitney Dean's stepfather Tony King.

Before the EastEnders character left for the US, she also split with her long-term boyfriend Peter Beale.

Despite being a regular cast member for over four years, Madeline was replaced with Jacqueline Jossa in 2010.

Although she initially struggled with the recasting, Madeleine admits that she “understands it more” as she’s grown up.

Taking to Twitter, she told fans: “I looked like a baby in that ep and I was tiny and didn't grow (still only 5'2) so I get that they wanted someone older to play different story lines and I'm very glad it happened."

The actress is currently employed part-time at a GP surgery. Speaking about the move, she joked: “Being an out of work actress doesn't pay".

During the pandemic, Madeleine also took on a new role as part of the celebrity supergroup The Celebs.

Featuring celebs like boxer Frank Bruno and X Factor winner Sam Bailey, the group released a rerecording of Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ Stevens to raise money for Alzheimer's Society and Action for Children.

Madeleine has also gone on to star in several major films and TV series, including Silent Witness, The Tunnel and Rosamunde Pilcher.

Social butterfly Madeleine also regularly updates fans via her Instagram, with the former child star looking incredibly glamorous.

In June, Madeleine celebrated her birthday in style with a plunging glittery mini dress which compliments her beautiful tan.

Donning sultry make-up and blow-dried hair, she looked unrecognisable from her days on Eastenders, where her character regularly wore tracksuits and a ponytail.

Having also recently visited Ocean Beach in Ibiza, Madeleine shared several bikini photos which shows off her enviable figure.

In one, Madeleine can be seen partying with friends as she poses in a red bikini paired with a classic sheer white blouse.

The actress also recently shared a stunning selfie with smoky eye liner and her long brunette locks cascading past her shoulders.

Fans of the actress were quick to comment on Madeline’s transformation and still regularly discuss her time on the BBC soap.

One wrote: "How 'Lauren' has grown."

However, some opted to crack jokes about Madeleine’s more ridiculous storylines with one writing: "Makes a change from running your dad over."


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