EastEnders child star who played Lucy Beale unrecognisable 20 years after exit

Former EastEnders actress Casey Anne Rothery is unrecognisable almost 20 years on from her departure from the soap.

The pretty blonde star played Lucy Beale on the hit BBC One soap after the character was introduced by mum and dad Ian Beale and Cindy Beale alongside twin brother Peter Beale back in December 1993.

Casey, 28, was the second actress to take on the role of Lucy, taking over the part from initial star Eva Brittin-Snell in 1996 and continuing in the role until 2004.

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She was then dropped from the role to make way for Melissa Suffield who played the character in her formative teenage years until 2010.

Hetti Bywater was then cast as the final incarnation of Lucy, giving her quite the reputation as a troublemaker and remaining in Albert Square until she was murdered in 2014 as part of a huge storyline that circled around who had killed her.

Resident lothario Max Branning – dad of her best friend Lauren Branning – found the blame laid at his door after it was revealed the pair had been embroiled in a sexual relationship prior to her death.

However, it was eventually revealed that it was in fact her little brother Bobby Beale who had killed Lucy when he hit her over the head with a music box as they argued and he tried to stop her from making "everyone unhappy."

Bobby's crime was covered up by step-mum Jane Beale when she discovered what had happened, meaning she let Max take the fall for her stepson.

Since leaving the role of Lucy, Casey has adopted a more normal lifestyle, shunning fame and quitting her TV career.

The former child star regularly posts to her social media accounts sharing updates on her life with her followers.

She does on occasion reference her former life having tweeted a photo from a newspaper in 2014 where she was seen clutched in the arms of Ian Beale star Adam Woodyatt.

She wrote: "Yes I am in the newspaper, 10 years after I was sacked from EastEnders. Wrong date tho. From 1996 b*****."

She then again referenced her former on-screen family in 2015 when she proudly uploaded two photos of herself as a young girl with the Beales after they appeared on the BBC.

She captioned the post: "I don't care, I'm happy I ended up on @BBCNews today my mother was so proud @bbceastenders".

EastEnders airs at 7.30pm Monday to Thursday on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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