Original EastEnders Lauren Branning star now – bikini snaps and transformation

EastEnders wouldn't be the BBC soap it is without its fair share of drama – and the Branning family have famously faced quite a lot.

Madeline Duggan, 28, played the original Lauren Branning from 2006 to 2010 before Jacqueline Jossa took over the role.

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The original Lauren was at the centre of many harrowing storylines including exposing her love-rat dad Max Branning's affair and ultimately attempting to run him over.

She was also at the centre of a grooming storyline with Whitney Dean's stepfather Tony King – and after splitting up with Peter Beale again, she left for the US.

Jacqueline Jossa later stepped into the role of Lauren Branning in 2010, which Madeline has since said she "understands it more" now than when she was first recast.

She said on Twitter: "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."

Madeline has since started working part-time at a GP surgery after leaving the soap, saying: "Being an out of work actress doesn't pay".

She remains a budding actress and has worked on shows since including Silent Witness, The Tunnel and Rosamunde Pilcher.

On her Instagram she regularly shares snaps of her life, alongside a note in her bio that she still works as an actress.

Madeline allows her fans get a snippet of her life through the lens of her Instagram – and she certainly looks glamorous while doing so with her dazzling photos.

In one recent snap Madeline stripped down to a red bikini as she threw a sheer blouse over the outfit and paired the look with some red heels to match her two-piece.

She opted for an incredibly glam makeup look and had her hair in bouncy curls as she partied at Ocean Beach in Ibiza.

In another stunning photo Madeline celebrated her birthday in a plunging glittery dress as she ditched her bra and donned a minidress.

Again the beauty opted for an incredibly glam makeup look paired with her brunette curls falling down past her shoulders.

Madeline has been sharing a constant string of glam photos from bikini snaps to dolled-up ensembles – and she never fails to impress with her photos.

Her fans still regularly reference her time on EastEnders on her snaps, with one glam photo prompting a comment which read: "Makes a change from running your dad over [laughing emojis]."

While another said: "How 'Lauren' has grown."

Madeline is yet to confirm any new projects, but she updates her fans on her life with her posts on her social media.

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