EastEnders Danielle Jones star shows off glam makeover 14 years after soap death
EastEnders star Danielle Jones, played by Lauren Crace, looks totally different since her stint on the BBC One soap 14 years ago.
Fans will remember the moment Danielle was tragically killed just moments after being reunited with her long-lost mother Ronnie Mitchell.
The heartbreaking scene, which aired on April 2 2009, is one of the saddest in the BBC One soap's 38-year history.
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Lauren’s run on EastEnders from 2008-2009 on the show even bagged her the gong for Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards in 2008.
In the hour-long episode, after months of colluding with her evil grandfather Archie, Danielle finally mustered the courage to reveal her identity to Ronnie.
However, Janine Butcher accidentally mowed Danielle down outside Walford Tube station as Ronnie tried to stop her from leaving Albert Square.
And now, 14 years on and Lauren looks just as stunning as she did when she first set foot in Albert Square.
The soap star has kept her signature blonde blocks – but has opted for a shorter and choppier style.
She’s also added a nose ring to her look, and can often be found posting adorable family snaps to her Instagram – much to the delight of her fans.
Aside from embracing a new look, Lauren has also welcomed three children since her EastEnders stint.
She shares her three kids with soap-star hubby, Michael Stevenson.
Lauren and Michael, who is a long-time Casualty star tied the knot in 2016.
And it seems Lauren is still in the acting game, as she recently attended the premiere of her BBC iPlayer show Phoenix Rise.
In a post shared to her Instagram last week, the star looked stunning as she posed up a storm on the red carpet with her co-stars.
Since leaving Walford, Lauren has continued to work as an actress, landing roles in Sherlock, Holby City and Shameless.
In Lauren’s final EastEnders episode, which was watched by a whopping 11.46 million viewers, the nation was left heartbroken to see the character die in her mother’s arms.
Ronnie had previously refused to believe she was Danielle's mum and as she took her last breaths, Ronnie told her she knew who she was.
Janine, Stacey Slater and Roxy Mitchell all watched on in horror as a distraught Ronnie repeatedly screamed, "She's dead."
The episode was so popular it apparently caused a surge to the National Power Gird.
The power grid usually sees a surge of 500MW at the end of an average episode, however, at 8.30pm, the grid saw a surge of 1,270MW.
A spokeswoman for the National Grid said "The surge after the hour EastEnders had ended was equivalent to around half a million kettles being switched on at once.
"Also, the sun set at 7.35pm, so the millions of viewers were probably switching all their lights on too."
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