Eastenders actress Lorraine Stanley looks worlds away from her on-screen character Karen in rare picture

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We know her as Karen Taylor on Eastenders, but in real-life, Lorraine Stanley couldn't look any more different from her on-screen persona.

The actress, who brought the Queen Vic home in May, took to Instagram to post a picture of herself with her partner Mark Perez as they celebrated their seventh anniversary.

In the snap, the 44 year old can be seen with straightened hair, a far cry from her character Karen's usual top knot.

Lorraine and her other half Mark are all smiles as she has her arm around him in a sweet display of affection.

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Captioning her post, the mum-of-one wrote: "Happy 7th anniversary to this beaut @markyp1977 thankyou for putting up with me.

"7 years has taken its toll haha look at us here on one of our first dates looking so young and slim.

"I love you to bits!! Here's to many more xxxxx #anniversary #love #soulmate #friends #bff," she concluded.

Lorraine's co-stars took to the comments section to send their well wishes on the special day.

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Amar Adatia wrote: "Happy Anniversary Lou xxx," with a red heart emoji.

Her on-screen daughter Clair Norris gushed: "Happy Annniversary! Miss You Both."

While Natalie Cassidy sent over some black love heart emojis to her pal.

As well as her friends, Lorraine's fans also commented and couldn't get over how different she looks away from the square.

One fan said: "You look gorgeous when your not on set."

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A second added: "You look so different from Karen," and a third commented: "Wow you look great Lorraine."

The soap star, who revealed how she lost 12lbs in six weeks in 2019, burst onto our screen on Eastenders in 2017 where her character Karen and the rest of the Taylor family moved onto the square.

Since then, she has become a fan favourite with her tough, no-nonsense attitude and her fierce loyalty to her family.

Lorraine first appeared on the BBC One soap where she played a different character called Thelma Bragg for eight episodes.

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