EastEnders Alice Branning actress looks unrecognisable nine years after leaving soap | The Sun

EastEnders' Alice Branning actress looks unrecognisable nine years after leaving the BBC soap.

Jasmyn Banks played the character from 2012 to 2013, and left Walford during a dramatic storyline where she was arrested for Michael Moon's murder, which she didn't commit.

While Alice was known for her blunt fringe and straight locks, Jasmyn, now 32, has softened her bangs and wears her short bob in retro styles including curls or loose waves.

Jasmyn, who has almost 8,000 followers on Instagram, has embraced a vintage aesthetic, with her social media pages showing her in a number of retro-style dresses and funky sunglasses during the summer months.

Since leaving EastEnders, Jasmyn has appeared briefly in a number of other well-known shows including Call The Midwife, Doctors and A Very English Scandal.

Her most recent work was in 2020's Quiz, where she played Nicola Howson alongside Michael Sheen and Matthew Macfadyen.

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Jasmyn had trained at the Young Persons Theatre Company (RAaW London) and the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

She appeared in a number of theatre productions before moving ito small parts on TV.

When she was cast as Alice in 2012, Jasmyn was reported working in a bar when she received the news that she would be playing Derek Branning's daughter.

She revealed she had been a long time fan of the soap and was "thrilled" to be joining the cast.

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After the news of her departure in 2013 was revealed, Jasmyn tweeted: "Thanks so much to everyone wishing me well you've made me smile, but fear not there's still a lot to come on screen for Alice #staytuned."

The decision to write her character out came after Steve John Shepherd – who played Michael Moon – told bosses he was leaving the role after three years.

Alice had become infatuated with Michael in the months leading up to his departure but viewers got to see a completely different side to her once she discovered Michael had been using her.

In shock scenes, Alice stabbed Michael as he held Janine Butcher by the throat.

Alice then made a run for it, but as Michael tried to get to his feet and grab Janine again, the character – played by Charlie Brooks – delivered a fatal blow with the knife, before framing Alice for his murder.

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