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19 Soap Stars turned Serious!

Look at Kacey Ainsworth smile! She didn't have much to smile about as Little Mo in EastEnders, but she joins new 1950s drama Grantchester playing Robson Green's wife on ITV on Monday,...

Photos of the actors and actresses who've made the switch from soaps to big drama

Look at Kacey Ainsworth smile! She didn't have much to smile about as Little Mo in EastEnders, but she joins new 1950s drama Grantchester playing Robson Green's wife on ITV on Monday,...

Look at Kacey Ainsworth smile! She didn't have much to smile about as Little Mo in EastEnders, but she joins new 1950s drama Grantchester playing Robson Green's wife on ITV on Monday,...

Look at Kacey Ainsworth smile! She didn't have much to smile about as Little Mo in EastEnders, but she joins new 1950s drama Grantchester playing Robson Green's wife on ITV on Monday,...

Next week, Angela Griffin joins the cast of Lewis... Who remembers her playing Fiona Middleton in Corrie? When she wasn't tending to Maxine's curls, she was copping off with her father-in-law, ...

Next week, Angela Griffin joins the cast of Lewis... Who remembers her playing Fiona Middleton in Corrie? When she wasn't tending to Maxine's curls, she was copping off with her father-in-law, ...

Next week, Angela Griffin joins the cast of Lewis... Who remembers her playing Fiona Middleton in Corrie? When she wasn't tending to Maxine's curls, she was copping off with her father-in-law, ...

We were gutted when Corrie barmaid, Raquel Watts, left poor Curly in 1996 to accept an aromatherapy job in Kuala Lumpur (sure). But since then she's proven her acting credentials

We were gutted when Corrie barmaid, Raquel Watts, left poor Curly in 1996 to accept an aromatherapy job in Kuala Lumpur (sure). But since then she's proven her acting credentials

We were gutted when Corrie barmaid, Raquel Watts, left poor Curly in 1996 to accept an aromatherapy job in Kuala Lumpur (sure). But since then she's proven her acting credentials

Before bagging the coveted role of Doctor Who's assistant Clara Oswald, Jenna played Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale.

Before bagging the coveted role of Doctor Who's assistant Clara Oswald, Jenna played Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale.

Before bagging the coveted role of Doctor Who's assistant Clara Oswald, Jenna played Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale.

Coronation Street dreamboat Liam Connor (RIP) is a far cry from scheming under-butler Thomas in Downton Abbey, his current role.

Coronation Street dreamboat Liam Connor (RIP) is a far cry from scheming under-butler Thomas in Downton Abbey, his current role.

Coronation Street dreamboat Liam Connor (RIP) is a far cry from scheming under-butler Thomas in Downton Abbey, his current role.

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Amelia Bullmore played the fiesty Steph Barnes in the 1990s, but is now back on our screens as the formidable DCI Gill Murray in Scott & Bailey, a show she also co-writes

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Amelia Bullmore played the fiesty Steph Barnes in the 1990s, but is now back on our screens as the formidable DCI Gill Murray in Scott & Bailey, a show she also co-writes

Even as DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK Bradley couldn't help with the cheesy jokes could he? The former Coronation Street actor and professional football player also presents the Chase

Even as DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK Bradley couldn't help with the cheesy jokes could he? The former Coronation Street actor and professional football player also presents the Chase

Even as DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK Bradley couldn't help with the cheesy jokes could he? The former Coronation Street actor and professional football player also presents the Chase

Here's a transformation nobody saw coming - except for actress Katherine Kelly. She transformed from loud-mouthed boozy barmaid Becky in Coronation Street, to lavish Lady Mae

Here's a transformation nobody saw coming - except for actress Katherine Kelly. She transformed from loud-mouthed boozy barmaid Becky in Coronation Street, to lavish Lady Mae

Here's a transformation nobody saw coming - except for actress Katherine Kelly. She transformed from loud-mouthed boozy barmaid Becky in Coronation Street, to lavish Lady Mae

Hottie alert! Chris Hemsworth played Kim Hyde in Home & Away in his native Australia before leaving in 2007 to focus on his film career. Personally, we love him as Thor (just look..)

Hottie alert! Chris Hemsworth played Kim Hyde in Home & Away in his native Australia before leaving in 2007 to focus on his film career. Personally, we love him as Thor (just look..)

Hottie alert! Chris Hemsworth played Kim Hyde in Home & Away in his native Australia before leaving in 2007 to focus on his film career. Personally, we love him as Thor (just look..)

Karl Davies put his Emmerdale character Robert Sugden long him when he appeared in Happy Valley. Oh and in 2012, he starred in the second series of Games...

Karl Davies put his Emmerdale character Robert Sugden long him when he appeared in Happy Valley. Oh and in 2012, he starred in the second series of Games...

Karl Davies put his Emmerdale character Robert Sugden long him when he appeared in Happy Valley. Oh and in 2012, he starred in the second series of Games...

If Downton doesn't work out then the producers could set up a talent scouting business! Yet another Downton star, this time Joanne Froggatt, played pregnant Coronation Street teenager...

If Downton doesn't work out then the producers could set up a talent scouting business! Yet another Downton star, this time Joanne Froggatt, played pregnant Coronation Street teenager...

If Downton doesn't work out then the producers could set up a talent scouting business! Yet another Downton star, this time Joanne Froggatt, played pregnant Coronation Street teenager...

Lacey Turner has some pretty heavy storylines as Stacey Slater in EastEnders. In fact, fighting in Afganistan in Our Girl is a piece of cake compared to haggling on the market...

Lacey Turner has some pretty heavy storylines as Stacey Slater in EastEnders. In fact, fighting in Afganistan in Our Girl is a piece of cake compared to haggling on the market...

Lacey Turner has some pretty heavy storylines as Stacey Slater in EastEnders. In fact, fighting in Afganistan in Our Girl is a piece of cake compared to haggling on the market...

We had high hopes for Michelle 'You Ain't My Mother!!' Ryan when she left EastEnders in 2005 to star in US drama The Bionic Woman. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after one series....

We had high hopes for Michelle 'You Ain't My Mother!!' Ryan when she left EastEnders in 2005 to star in US drama The Bionic Woman. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after one series....

We had high hopes for Michelle 'You Ain't My Mother!!' Ryan when she left EastEnders in 2005 to star in US drama The Bionic Woman. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after one series....

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We almost chocked on our popcorn when ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky turned up in US sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim and then the sixth season of US fantasy thriller series True Blood...

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We almost chocked on our popcorn when ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky turned up in US sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim and then the sixth season of US fantasy thriller series True Blood...

Lisa Riley was a hit with the locals in the Woolpack as feisty barmaid Mandy Dingle

Lisa Riley was a hit with the locals in the Woolpack as feisty barmaid Mandy Dingle

Lisa Riley was a hit with the locals in the Woolpack as feisty barmaid Mandy Dingle

Sally Lyndsey was brilliant as feisty Shelly Unwin in Coronation Street - but then she is brilliant in everything. Absolutely everything. She currently plays Lisa in the Sky1 comedy...

Sally Lyndsey was brilliant as feisty Shelly Unwin in Coronation Street - but then she is brilliant in everything. Absolutely everything. She currently plays Lisa in the Sky1 comedy...

Sally Lyndsey was brilliant as feisty Shelly Unwin in Coronation Street - but then she is brilliant in everything. Absolutely everything. She currently plays Lisa in the Sky1 comedy...

Currently carving out a successful career in Hollywood, Margot (who hasn't aged a day) is better known in Oz for playing Donna Freedman in Neighbours. The new Nicole Kidman?

Currently carving out a successful career in Hollywood, Margot (who hasn't aged a day) is better known in Oz for playing Donna Freedman in Neighbours. The new Nicole Kidman?

Currently carving out a successful career in Hollywood, Margot (who hasn't aged a day) is better known in Oz for playing Donna Freedman in Neighbours. The new Nicole Kidman?

Suranne Jones played 'factory girl' Karen McDonald in Corrie and her spats with Tracy Barlow were legendary. But she put all that behind her as she starred in hit drama after drama,...

Suranne Jones played 'factory girl' Karen McDonald in Corrie and her spats with Tracy Barlow were legendary. But she put all that behind her as she starred in hit drama after drama,...

Suranne Jones played 'factory girl' Karen McDonald in Corrie and her spats with Tracy Barlow were legendary. But she put all that behind her as she starred in hit drama after drama,...

Who can blame Tamsin for trying to forget Melanie Owen's marriage to Ian Beale in EastEnders? In 2013, she took the role of DCI Sasha Miller in ITV drama New Tricks, sealing her career...

Who can blame Tamsin for trying to forget Melanie Owen's marriage to Ian Beale in EastEnders? In 2013, she took the role of DCI Sasha Miller in ITV drama New Tricks, sealing her career...

Who can blame Tamsin for trying to forget Melanie Owen's marriage to Ian Beale in EastEnders? In 2013, she took the role of DCI Sasha Miller in ITV drama New Tricks, sealing her career...