We see soap actors so often on our screens that we often start thinking of them as real people and it can be hard to remember that they're only characters! This means it can be a shock when we see how different soap actors really look when they're not acting.
26-year-old Danielle Harold is an example of one soap star who looks totally different from her character. Spotted this week in Elstree, where Eastenders is filmed, Danielle oozed Hollywood glam as she rocked a designer outfit featuring a stylish LBD, Ray-Bans and a Gucci belt—worlds away from Lola's brightly-coloured tracksuits and Puffa jackets.
After a four-year hiatus from the soap, Danielle has been back on our screens as Lola since 2019. After several appearances in low-budget horror films, the actress admitted that she was excited to be back on Eastenders, although she admitted that it felt different from her first stint.
I was 17 when I started on EastEnders and I feel like I have grown up a lot. It is a crazy thing to be a part of the show so young. When you are younger you go out a lot more, but I don’t do the clubbing scene now. I sound like I am 60 but I’m only 26. I feel old.
Danielle has admitted to being tired of having been stereotyped as an onscreen Pin-up girl. She says that because of her blond hair, she's been relegated to playing roles like the pole dancer or the prostitute. She hopes to be able to break away from that stereotype. We personally think she has a bit of a Brigitte Bardot flair... Wouldn't you agree?
Check out the video above to see how different Danielle really looks from her on-screen persona!