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Martine McCutcheon’s changing looks – from EastEnders to actually love to pop star

Martine McCutcheon has come a long way since she first appeared as Tiffany Raymond at EastEnders in 1994. While she still looks as fresh and youthful as ever, Martine’s style and looks have certainly changed over the years…

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Martine McCutcheon stars in 1992’s Vic and Bob Pilot

Martine McCutcheon has been a household name for almost three decades thanks to an impressive career that has spanned multiple genres.

Over the years, the 45-year-old mother-of-one has been one of the nation’s most beloved soap stars, starred in one of the world’s best-loved Christmas movies of all time, enjoyed a stint in the West End and also topped the music charts with a solo artist.

As she unveils her “new face” after getting rid of her “90s brows,” we take a look at the multi-talent’s changing looks since we first met her in Albert Square in 1994.

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Martine McCutcheon as we know and love her today
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The star with her Milan bandmates in 1994
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Before Martine joined the EastEnders cast in the early ’90s, she had her eye on musical fame as part of the all-girl pop group Milan.

At the age of 15, the future actress, along with two other students of the Italia Conti Academy of Theater Arts, signed a recording contract with Polydor and even performed around the country supporting the touring boy band East 17.

The trio looked like quintessential pop stars – Martine posed for a promo shoot in tights and little black hot pants, a matching top and a bold black Baker Boy hat.






The group even appeared in a Channel 4 Reeves & Mortimer pilot show in 1992

The star-in-waiting looked fresh and naturally beautiful as she made her first venture into the spotlight.

The trio was relatively successful, with three of their singles making the top ten on the dance charts, but eventually dissolving.

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Martine’s role as Tiffany Mitchell on EastEnders cemented her celebrity status – with 22million viewers tuning in to her final scenes on the BBC soap in 1998 when her character died after four years of dramatic storytelling.







Martine’s stint at EastEnders catapulted her to stardom
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The special New Year’s Eve episode may have made for some dramatic viewing, but that’s not how Martine intended to leave the show.

After saying goodbye to Albert Square to pursue a pop career, the star slammed the soap bosses for making the decision to kill her character as she planned to reprise her role in the future.

Martine felt “punished” for leaving, but bosses hit back, claiming she just wanted to keep her “safety net” role open – something they were unwilling to do.







Martine with her award at the National Television Awards in October 1997
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The singer and actress looked chic and stylish in 1995 at the height of her soap opera career
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Although Martine has only been appearing on EastEnders for a few years, Martine’s character still lives on in the long-running soap.
Four years after her on-screen death, best friend Bianca Jackson named her daughter after her late friend and named her firstborn Tiffany Butcher.

Martine also has some memories of her soap opera days in her trophy cabinet, thanks to winning the 1997 National Television Award for Favorite Actress[unddesTVQuickAward1998alsbesteSchauspielerin].[andthe1998TVQuickAwardforBestActress[andthe1998TVQuickAwardforBestActress

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Martine adopted an edgier look for her pop star days
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After leaving EastEnders to rediscover her musical roots, Martine found success as a solo artist around the turn of the millennium.

The talented star, who signed to Virgin Records in 1999, went to number one in the UK Singles Chart with the wedding dance classic ‘Perfect Moment’.

Her debut album You Me & Us also did well on the charts – peaking at number two and spawning more Top 10 entries with follow-up singles.







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As a new decade dawned – and her career changed – Martine embraced a brand new style for her days as a pop star – and even dabbled in some blonde highlights for a little while!

Martine rode the wave of her chart success and hit the stage – she played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the National Theater in London.

Despite health issues that cut short her theatrical debut, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2002 ceremony.

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The world fell in love with Martine’s character in Love Actually.
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Every Christmas, millions of people around the world settle down to see Martine in her most famous role of all time.

The former soap star’s role as tea lady Natalie in Richard Curtis’ 2003 holiday comedy, which portrays Hugh Grant’s romantic interest in Love Actually, was her first major film role.

The then 27-year-old, who played the role for the film’s premieres, oozed old-school Hollywood glamor with her outfit choices on the red carpet.







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The actress opted for floor-length dresses and sultry makeup looks as she promotes her big break in the film world.

In fact, Love was a huge hit, both with critics and at the box office, and Martine took the opportunity to try her luck in America.

A film career never materialized, but she did win the MTV Movie Award for Best Transatlantic Breakthrough Actress and the Empire Award for Best Newcomer at the 9th Empire Awards for her performance in the Christmas classic.

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Martine is now 45 and looking as gorgeous as ever
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Today – almost 30 years after her first EastEnders appearance – Martine still looks like she’s barely aged a day.

In 2016, she revealed how regular botox injections help her look as fresh and naturally beautiful as she did in her soap star days.

“So I had botox and I didn’t like it, it made me look a little weird, and then I had it again and oh my god I loved it, I absolutely loved it because it didn’t look like me anymore.” me, I just didn’t look like me anymore, but basically not a crumpled pillow,” she explained six years ago while appearing on Loose Women.







Martine stunned her Instagram followers with this stunning look last year
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The mother-of-one caused a stir late last year when she showed off the results of her weight loss in a stunning black satin dress she wore to a charity gala at the Savoy Hotel in London.

Martine – who shares seven-year-old son Rafferty with husband Jack McManus – has always been open about her health issues, which affect her ability to lose weight at times.

The Hackney-born star was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in 2011 and Lyme disease six years later.

Chatting with her fans on Instagram, Martine often shares her experiences of flare-ups of fibromyalgia and how it’s affecting her, like gaining weight.

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