ACTRESS Maisie Smith is known for her career as an actress in Eastenders – but showed the country she could dance on 2020's Strictly Come Dancing.
Smith, 19, has been affiliated with the BBC soap after first appearing in the show as a child actor in 2008- but after appearing on Strictly, Maisie has been inundated with lucrative offers elsewhere.
Who does Maisie Smith play in Eastenders?
Maisie has been playing EastEnders' Tiffany Butcher-Baker since 2008, having joined the show when she was just 6 years old.
After leaving in 2014 with her on-screen mother Bianca (played by Patsy Palmer), Tiffany returned four years later in 2018 and has remained a regular feature ever since.
Her recent story lines include in 2019 when Tiffany became involved in a ruthless drugs gang operating in Albert Square.
The situation came to a head when Tiffany was raped by gang member Fraser when she went on the run with gang leader Evie Steele.
Another story line includes falling in love with her boyfriend Keegan Baker (played by Zack Morris) in 2019, before the pair married after eloping to Gretna Green.
The pair tried to keep it secret from Keegan's family, but they caught wind of the plans and rushed up to Scotland to witness them tie the knot.
In 2020, the soap follows her and Keegan's journey into married life and her support of her husband's desire to run his own businesses selling sandwiches.
She also supported Keegan when he was wrongly accused of throwing a brick through the window of a police car when officers descended on the square to shut down a house party that had spilled onto the street.
She has been notably absent from the Square as she takes part in Strictly 2020.
According to Digital Spy, show bosses have assured fans her character will be part of a major new story line on the soap in 2021.
Has Maisie won any awards for her acting?
In May 2009, Smith won Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor or Actress at The British Soap Awards.
In May 2010, Smith was nominated for the same award but lost out to Doctors star Ami Metcalf.
In 2010, Smith was nominated for Best Young Actor at the Inside Soap Awards, along with co-star Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning), but lost to Coronation Street actor Alex Bain (Simon Barlow).
In 2011, Smith was again shortlisted for the Best Young Actor award at the British Soap Awards, which was also won by Bain.
The same year, Smith was nominated and won Best Young Actor at the Inside Soap Awards.
Smith was then nominated once again at the British Soap Awards in 2018 for Best Young Actor – but lost out to Isobel Steele who plays Liv Flaherty in ITV soap Emmerdale.
What else is Maisie famous for?
During her break from the soap, in October 2016, Maisie made a move into music and released her first single, Good Thing.
She released her second single, Where My Heart Is, in March 2017.
Maisie also attracted criticism after being spotted smoking a spliff in her car.
Maisie recently made a name for herself as a TikTok star during the first coronavirus lockdown, and now has 1.7million followers on the social media site.
Maisie also competed in the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in September 2020.
She reached the final of the show, partnered with professional dancer Gorka Márquez.
Prior to joining the 2020 series, Maisie previously won the Strictly Come Dancing: Children in Need special in 2019 after dancing the cha cha with Kevin Clifton.
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