EastEnders legend Lorraine Stanley looks unrecognisable in crime thriller movie starring Tom Hardy

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EastEnders star Lorraine Stanley looks unrecognisable as a swinging sixties barmaid in Krays biopic Legend before becoming an Albert Square regular

EastEnders legend Lorraine Stanley appeared in a Krays biopic starring Tom Hardy before landing her role in the BBC soap.

The 45-year-old actress – who portrays Karen Taylor – first made her Albert Square appearance in 2017, alongside her two children, Bernie and Keanu. ​

She was seen in a number of roles prior to her big break – including Call the Midwife, Holby City and The Bill. 

Transformation: EastEnders legend Lorraine Stanley appeared in a crime thriller movie starring Tom Hardy before landing her role in the BBC soap - but looks unrecognisable

Transformation: EastEnders legend Lorraine Stanley appeared in a crime thriller movie starring Tom Hardy before landing her role in the BBC soap – but looks unrecognisable

Lorraine has transformed herself into fan favourite Karen and looks drastically different from her many other roles, particularly biographical crime thriller Legend. 

The movie – released in 2015 – saw Tom play twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, two of London’s most dreaded gangsters during their 1960s heyday.

The soap star traded Karen’s iconic messy top bun for the role of a barmaid at the Blind Beggar pub. 

Looking good: The soap star traded Karen's iconic messy top bun for the role of a barmaid at the Blind Beggar pub

Looking good: The soap star traded Karen’s iconic messy top bun for the role of a barmaid at the Blind Beggar pub

Her EastEnders character is known for her scruffy ensembles and looking a bit rough around the edges. 

However, Lorraine has shown countless times at red carpets event that she can work a glam ensemble, proving she is far from her on-screen persona.

In January 2020, Lorraine shared a handful of black and white snaps to her Twitter from the set of Legend. 

Star: She was seen in a number of roles prior to her big break - including Call the Midwife, Holby City and The Bill (picture from Call the Midwife)

Star: She was seen in a number of roles prior to her big break – including Call the Midwife, Holby City and The Bill (picture from Call the Midwife) 

Stunning: Lorraine has shown countless times at red carpets event that she can work a glam ensemble, proving she is far from her on-screen persona

Stunning: Lorraine has shown countless times at red carpets event that she can work a glam ensemble, proving she is far from her on-screen persona

Lorraine beamed beside Tom – who was dressed as Reggie Kray – while she donned her barmaid costume.

Her tresses were styled in a short up-do, looking completely opposite from her long blonde locks now.

The actress oozed sophistication in an old fashioned dress, styled with a cardigan and heels while posing in front of a retro car.  

Fame: Lorraine beamed beside Tom - who was dressed up as a gangster - while she donned her barmaid costume

Fame: Lorraine beamed beside Tom – who was dressed up as a gangster – while she donned her barmaid costume

Wow! The actress oozed sophistication in an old fashioned dress, styled with a cardigan and heels while posing in front of a retro car

Wow! The actress oozed sophistication in an old fashioned dress, styled with a cardigan and heels while posing in front of a retro car

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