Louisa Clein gripped the nation as she portrayed predatory teacher Maya Stepney on Emmerdale.
Maya had been grooming student — and the son of her ex-boyfriend — Jacob Gallagher for months, finally being arrested in dramatic scenes
However, Louisa left the soap in May 2019 after just 14 months in the role.
The 44 year old made her acting debut in Judge John Deed in 2001, and went on to appear in BBC shows including Doctors, Casualty, New Tricks and Midsomer Murders.
She also had a recurring role in Holby City as drug addict Kim, who left her son Parker in the care of nurse Essie.
Since departing Emmerdale, Louisa has taken to the stage, and has been appearing in several productions up and down the UK.
Earlier this year, the actress starred in the thriller A Murder Has Been Arranged, alongside fellow Emmerdale veteran Deena Hope, who played Viv Hope for almost 20 years.
In behind-the-scenes snaps the star shared on Instagram, she looked completely different after swapping her curly blonde locks for a dark brunette up-do.
Last year, Louise was one of the seven celebrities who starred in BBC Two programme Pilgrimage.
She was accompanied by interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, cricketer Monty Panesar, former The Apprentice star Nick Hewer, Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt, comedian Shazia Mirza and Paralympian Will Bayley.
The programme followed the famous faces of different faiths as they followed in the footsteps of sixth century Irish monk Saint Columba from Ireland to Scotland.
The actress, who is Jewish, said appreciated her faith more during filming, and said while she missed her husband and three kids, it was a “wonderfully liberating experience”.
“I am not ashamed of being Jewish and I loved telling the others about what an extraordinary, beautiful religion it is,” she told Jewish News.
Louisa also appeared on The Holocaust, My Family and Me alongside her musician sister Natalie to discuss their mother, who was a Dutch Holocaust survivor.
The show was presented by Robert Rinder, who Louisa counts as one of her "best mates".
She leaned on Robert for support during her harrowing storyline on Emmerdale.
She told The Sun: “Because he’s working in Manchester at the moment, so when I’m not filming in Leeds, I’ll often go across there and we’ll hang out a bit. He’s been amazingly supportive.
"He gives me lots of good advice. It’s mostly about what to wear to certain events and how to wear my hair, and what I mustn’t do. He’s my total style advisor."
The pair have been close for years, with the daytime TV judge even introducing her to her now-husband, barrister Jeremy Brier.
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