She made her EastEnders debut back in 2004 - quickly cementing her place in one of Albert Square’s most famous families…

EastEnders star Lacey Turner is one of the most talented actresses in soapland, and after playing mouthy Stacey Slater for 14 years, she is as much a part of Walford as The Queen Vic.

But away from the cameras Lacey likes nothing more than living a quiet life with her husband and their dogs… making her nothing like her alter ego at all! Here are a few facts we bet you didn’t know about talented Lacey…

1 Lacey Turner joined EastEnders the day after finishing school

Lacey originally auditioned for the role of Demi Miller in EastEnders, but instead the soap’s bosses had another role in mind for the actress. Fast forward just a few months and she was offered the part of Stacey Slater. Lacey had just finished her GCSE exams and started filming on the iconic set the very next day.

2. She got married in Ibiza

Lacey Turner with Barbara Windsor

EastEnders legends: Lacey with Barbara Windsor, who she invited to her wedding

Lacey tied the knot with her long-term boyfriend Matt Kay last year, surrounded by their friends and family in a low-key sunset ceremony in Ibiza. Not only did she take the ladies from the EastEnders make up team with her to make her look every inch the blushing bride, but she also invited lots of her EastEnders co-stars including Barbara Windsor, Laurie Brett, Jake Wood and Scott Maslen.

3. She’s got a secret talent for painting

While acting is Lacey’s passion in life – and thank goodness, because she’s clearly born to act – she also has a talent for bringing old furniture back to life by giving it a lick of paint. She apparently used her break from EastEnders between 2010 and 2014 to make time for her passion for up cycling and even considered making a career out of it.

4. She grew up next door to the EastEnders studio

EastEnders Ruby Allen Stacey Fowler

Lacey as Stacey in a recent dramatic EastEnders plot

It seems Lacey was always destined to work at EastEnders. She was bought up in Hertfordshire, with her family home just minutes away from the Elstree Studios. She recalls being able to see the famous Albert Square set from her bedroom window and could often hear cast and crew filming at night.

5. She wanted to be a midwife

While we’re forever grateful that she decided to become an actress, Lacey revealed during an interview with Radio Times that she would have loved to have done something very different… “One Born Every Minute is my favourite programme and has been for years. In another life I’d love to have been a midwife.”

EastEnders actress Lacey Turner at the NTAs in 2005

Lacey at the NTAs back in 2005, but if things had been different she could have ended up as a midwife!

6. She would love to have four children

After tying the knot with husband Matt Kay last year, the pair spoke about their plans to have a family with OK! Magazine. But it seems they’re on slightly different pages when it comes to how many kids they’d like.

While Matt’s decided he’d like three children, Lacey wants to go one step further… “I’d like four children. When you have four you need to start thinking about a minivan to put them all in, whereas three you just need a car. I don’t care though; I’ll have a minivan,” she joked.

7. She’s always craved a “normal” job

Considering she’s been in EastEnders since leaving school, it’s not that surprising that Lacey has always wanted to try something different. During her four year break from the soap she tried her hand at being a Saturday girl in a local boutique, worked in an office and even got a job as a painter and decorator!

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Main picture of Lacey Turner: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock; Lacey with Barbara Windsor: Lucy Young/REX/Shutterstock; NTAs pic: James McCauley/REX/Shutterstock