English television actress known for her long run as Bianca Butcher on the British soap opera EastEnders.
She starred in her first stage production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, at the age of 6.
She is a one-time British Soap Awards winner who was nominated four-times.
She has two children and married her second husband, Richard Merkell, in 2000.
She shared the small screen with Samantha Womack on the EastEnders.