Maisie Smith – things you didn't know about the EastEnders and Strictly star

Maisie Smith

Ever wondered if Essex-born Maisie Smith would consider appearing in another soap? Find the answer to that question and many more right here...

Maisie Smith has been entertaining the nation as Walford's Tiffany Butcher since she joined the soap when she was just six years old.

But while EastEnders fans have seen the actress grow up on their screens for more than a decade, she is also adding another string to her bow by joining Strictly Come Dancing 2020 and is firm favourite to lift that infamous glitter ball trophy.

Most fans of the actress will know that:

  • Maisie has a huge following on social media
  • She won Strictly Come Dancing's Children In Need special in 2019
  • She gets recognised all over the world - even in New York

But what else do we know about Maisie Smith? Here are several things you probably don't know...

1. She’s not just an actress

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Maisie might be best known for her acting thanks to EastEnders, but that’s not the only skill she has on her CV. Maisie is also a dancer and singer, and shares videos of herself performing on her social media pages. The actress has over 28k subscribers on her official YouTube channel, and her loyal followers are always quick to comment on how talented she is. Maisie had released three singles - Not Gonna Cry, Where My Heart Is, and Good Thing.

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2. She started acting when she was four

Despite joining EastEnders when she was just six years old, the role of Bianca and Ricky Butcher’s daughter Tiffany wasn't the young actress’s first part. When she was four years old Maisie appeared in renowned film The Other Boleyn Girl alongside Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson, playing the part of a young Elizabeth I. 

3. She wants to move to America

While Maisie might be loving her time on EastEnders at the moment, the actress hasn’t ruled out moving abroad for her job. She told fans in a YouTube blog: “I would love to live in LA one day because it is the hive of show business. I’d love to continue acting for as long as she can because acting is my dream job, it’s what I love to do and what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have always wanted to be in Hollywood movies.”

4. She wouldn't rule out doing another soap


Maisie wouldn't rule out another soap - or Strictly it seems! (Picture: BBC)

While Maisie Smith loves working on EastEnders because of how closely knit the cast and crew are, she hasn’t entirely ruled out appearing in another soap in the future. Before she made her current return to the role of Tiffany Butcher in 2018, the actress revealed that she would always keep her options open.

5. She would take Nutella and her dogs to a desert island 

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When asked about what she would take to a desert island with her, Maisie picked her pet dogs because she loves them so much, her phone because she wouldn't want to live without it, and also some Nutella - just to keep her going, apparently!

6. She’s banned from watching TV show Friends

While Maisie has quoted Rachel McAdams as her acting hero because of the role she played in hit film The Notebook, the actress has revealed that her most favourite TV show ever is Friends. In fact she loves it so much that she had to be put on a self-imposed ban because she spent way to much of her spare time watching it! 

7. Her mum is her manager

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Maisie regularly shares pictures and TikTok videos of her with her mum and sister, Scarlett on social media. Her 718k followers on Instagram can't get enough of her posts and always leave endless comments on each one. But, as well as being a close family, Maisie’s mum is also manager to both Maisie and her sister. 

8. She is best friends with her co-star

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Maisie has been working with Shona McGarty, better known to soap fans as Walford's Whitney Dean, since their characters both arrived in EastEnders together on 1st April 2008. The pair are now the best of friends and have spent their spare time over the years making up street dance routines!

Maisie Smith's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the actress....

How old is she?

Maisie Smith's age is 19. She was born on 9th July 2001.

Is she in a relationship?

Maisie Smith is currently single.

Does she have children?

Maisie Smith doesn't have any children.

Where was she born?

Maisie Smith was born in Essex.

How tall is she?

Maisie Smith is 5ft 3.

Instagram: @maisiesmithofficial

Twitter: @maisie_smith_

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings. 

We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.

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Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.