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S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt joins EastEnders cast

PUBLISHED: 14:19 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 26 October 2017

BBC handout photo of former S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt, who is to join the cast of EastEnders later this year. Picture BBC/PA Wire

BBC handout photo of former S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt, who is to join the cast of EastEnders later this year. Picture BBC/PA Wire

Former S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt is to join the cast of EastEnders later this year.

The singer-turned-actress, from Gorleston, is the latest pop star to arrive on Albert Square following the casting of Blue’s Lee Ryan as Harry “Woody” Woodward earlier this year.

Spearritt will appear for a short stint in the role of Kandice Taylor, the younger sister of Karen Taylor, the BBC said.

On appearing on the show, she said: “I’m over the moon to be joining the show, it’s such a huge part of British telly.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started and I can’t wait to see the Square in the flesh... Walford here I come.”

The Taylor family first appeared in Albert Square in May but little has been heard of Karen’s sibling.

After winning a place at the National Youth Music Theatre, Hannah – who attended Lynn Grove High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College, both in Gorleston – honed her acting skills with roles in Pendragon, Tin Pan Ali and the West End musical Bugsy Malone.

And she was just 18 when she was thrust into the spotlight as a TV and pop star adored by millions of fans, when she scooped a place in a new pop group that was being put together by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller.

S Club 7 went on to have four UK Number One singles, sell more than 10 million albums worldwide and win two Brit Awards as well as starring in their own popular TV series, before they split in 2003.

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