The years have been kind to these famous soap stars!

Have you ever wondered what happened to some of soap land’s biggest stars? Do you remember when these famous faces were on TV the first time around? From EastEnders to Coronation Street, Neighbours to Hollyoaks, these are our favourite soap stars then and now! Before (and after!) they made the big time on primetime TV!

Charlie Clements

Who remembers Bradley Branning from Eastenders? He was the school boy who won the heart of Stacey Slater (played by Lacey Turner) in the soap.

Now in his late 20s, Charlie Clements (the actor who played Bradley) is almost unrecognisable from his days in the Square! The actor first re-appeared on Loose Women aged 28 to discuss his new drama, where he portrays Henry VIII, and twitter went into meltdown over his changed appearance!

Throwback celebrity pictures Eastenders

Now 29, the actor jokingly took to twitter to share his latest look following his birthday. Captioning the latest snap Charlie wrote, “A year ago everyone was up in arms because I looked SO different at 28 to 18.. bet they didn’t expect this at 29! #actor #chameleon”

Speaking to the Metro, Charlie revealed that he doesn’t miss he days on the square one bit! The actor is now focused on his new role, playing Robert Devereux in a new docudrama on Channel 5 about Elizabeth the 1st.

“No, I don’t miss Eastenders. I miss seeing the people but I don’t miss the job” Charlie told the paper. “It was a job, you do the job and you move on.”

“For me, acting is about playing as many characters in as many different things as possible. I always said I’d do four years on Eastenders. I did it, and then I asked to move on.”

When asked if he keeps in touch with any of his former co-stars, Charlie revealed that he’s still in contact with his on-screen flame Lacey Turner.

“Not as much as I should do, but I still see Jake Wood, Lacey Turner and Jo Joyner.”

Maisie Smith

Who remembers adorable little Maisie Smith?! The child star became famous at the age of just six after she played Tiffany Butcher on EastEnders.
maisie-smith-youngMaisie, who is now 15, appeared on Loose Women this week to chat about her shock return to Albert Square as her character made a surprise comeback in EastEnders.
maisie-smith-15She also discussed her passion for music and admitted that she’s “used to” people being shocked at how grown-up she looks these days.

Glenn Hugill


The Deal or No Deal banker has finally been revealed as show producer Glenn Hugill! Presenter and producer Hugill worked with the now axed show since it’s beginnings 11 years ago. He now works as a Managing Director for ITV’s entertainment label Possessed. Corrie fans may also remember him as policeman Alan McKenna – the husband of hairdresser Fiona Middleton, played by Angela Griffin.

Michael Greco


Michael played the role of womanizing Beppe Di Marco on EastEnders from 1998-2002. Since he left the hit show he’s taken up playing poker professionally and now tours the world playing in tournaments!

Adam Rickett

After playing Corrie’s Nick Tilsley for years (he appeared in the soap from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2002 to 2004), Adam embarked on a pop career and is now part of the group 5th Story alongside Kenzie from Blazin’ Squad, Dane Bowers from Another Level, Kavana and Gareth Gates! My how he’s changed!


Dawn Acton


Who remembers the actress who played Tracy Barlow alongside William Roache and the late Anne Kirkbride? Dawn Acton played the child of Ken and Deirdre Barlow for 11 years on Coronation Street, but despite re-auditioning for a return to the role in 2002, she lost out to Kate Ford who has now taken over the role. Remembering her beloved co-star Anne, Dawn admitted she was shocked and ‘upset’ by the death of the well-known Corrie star, “She was very very genuine and down to earth, she’d talk to anyone and if we were out shopping she would just talk to everyone the same.”

Ashleigh Middleton


© ITV Twitter / @ashmiddletonn

She might have been played by Brooke Vincent in recent years, but who remembers when Sophie Webster was born on-screen on Corrie in 1994? Well that tiny baby wasn’t a doll, Sophie was played by a real-life little one – a young Ashleigh! Child actress Ashleigh Middleton played Sophie Webster from the character’s birth until Emma Woodward took over the role in 1997. These days Ashleigh has given up acting, but she still works in the extended TV family, as she is a junior web designer with the BBC in Manchester!

Kylie Minogue


Scott and Charlene’s romance captivated the nation when Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue both starred in Neighbours back in the 80s, but can you believe it’s been 30 years now since Kylie Minogue first appeared on the show?! The Aussie songstress has now gone on to be an international superstar, but she’s never forgotten her start was in this ever-popular soap!

Anne Reid


Now an award winning actress, Anne Reid got her first big break playing Valerie Tatlock in Coronation Street – the world’s longest-running TV soap! Here she can be seen marrying Ken Barlow (a.k.a William Roache) on the soap in 1962!

Michelle Keegan

michelle keegan soap starBefore she became the star of smash-hit show ‘Our Girl’ and the darling TV drama, Michelle Keegan played Tina McIntyre in Corrie!

William Roache

William roacheOne of Coronation Streets longest running stars, William Roache who plays Ken Barlow was in the soap back in the 60s! He’s hardly changed at all!

Denise Welch

Denise Welch soap starYou gotta love her! Denise Welch was amazing in Corrie and became a household name thanks to her fab storylines and no nonsense character!

Jason Donovan

jason donovan neighboursEveryone remembers Jason Donovan’s iconic Neighbours character from the 80s right?! Plus, he got to ‘marry’ Kylie Minogue! Lucky man…

Natalie Cassidy

Natalie CassidyNatalie Cassidy grew-up playing Sonia Fowler in EastEnders, but she’s hardly changed at all over the years!

Jack Ryder

Jack ryderJack Ryder had some brilliant storylines in EastEnders playing the role of Jamie Mitchell through the 90s, but today he does more directing than acting!

Letitia Dean

Lotita DeanChristmas EastEnders’ specials would not have been the same without Letitia Dean, aka Sharon Mitchell! She’s pretty much grown up on the hit show and now she’s back AGAIN!

Patsy Palmer

Patsy Palmer soap starPatsy Palmer had some of Walfords best ever storylines and Bianca was one of our favourite Enders characters. She’s aged amazingly well don’t you think for a working mum!

Will Mellor

will mellor soap starAhh Hollyoaks heartthrob Will Mellor had us all cooing in the 90s! Who remembers him in the Channel 4 soap?

Jessie Wallace

kat eastendersThere would be no EastEnders if it wasn’t for Kat and Alfie, and Jessie Wallace plays the part of Kat perfectly! In the last 13 years the actress has hardly changed from her on-screen look to today’s red carpet! She even still wears the same necklace!

Russell Crowe

russell crowe neighboursYou remember Russell Crowe in Neighbours right? Exactly – who does! The heartthrob actually started out in the Australian soap before making it big in Hollywood.

James Alexandrou

James Alexandou eastendersJames Alexandrou became a household name playing Martin Flower from a young age. He’s since been a TV presenter and appeared on the stage!

Nick Pickard

Nick pickard soap star

Finally, Nick Pickard has been in and out of Hollyoaks for over a decade but he was one of the original cast! If you grew up in the 90s then you will definitely remember Nick’s up and down’s on the hit show.

So, which of these former soap stars was your favourite? Do you wish any of them would make a comeback? In addition, would you tune in if they did? Finally, let us know in the comments below!