EastEnders Cindy Beale star unrecognisable in new role 24 years after soap death

EastEnders star Michelle Collins looks worlds away from villainous character Cindy Beale 24 years after her soap death.

The actress, 60, played the wife of Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) in two stints from 1988 to 1998 before the character was killed off in unlikely fashion.

Manipulative Cindy was front and centre of countless storylines while in Albert Square, including falling pregnant with Simon Wick's baby and telling Ian it was his.

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She later hired a hitman to murder Ian when he told her he'd take her to court for custody of their children, Lucy and Peter.

Cindy died off-screen during childbirth in 1998 and despite that meaning there could be a way to bring her back, Michelle has closed the door on a return.

Recently, the Coronation Street star looked unrecognisable as she took to Instagram showcasing her transformation for a new movie role.

In the shot, the mum-of-one is rocking much longer hair compared to Cindy's trademark bob and is posing while someone applies prosthetic makeup to her face.

The caption said: "My first horror film. #whatascream love it. Who says I'm high maintenance. #outofyourcomfortzone always good!"

Her fans couldn't hide their excitement at the upcoming role as one penned: "Yessssss I’m so excited to see you in a horror! A great actress can take on any role and isn’t afraid to look a certain way for the art."

"Oh this sounds a good intriguing film!," exclaimed a second.

While a third joked: "If Cindy Beale was still alive in prison…"

In August, Michelle tied the knot with Mike Davidson who is 22 years her junior.

The pair, who have been together for more than a decade, exchanged vows at Islington Hall and among attendees was EastEnders icon Adam.

The blonde beauty pulled out all the stops for her special day, opting for a jumpsuit with an elegant train and a flower crown instead of a veil.

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