Actress Lacey Turner, 31, originally auditioned for the role of Demi Miller on EastEnders. Although she didn’t get the part she did end up being cast as Stacey Slater in 2004, a role that catapulted her to fame and that she is still in today.
Despite winning many accolades including Inside Soap Awards and National Television Awards, she shockingly left the soap in 2010 for four years. This was a blow to BBC producers who were keen to keep the star due to her immense popularity.
At the time she stated on Sky News: "I'll miss Stacey and everyone in Albert Square very much but the time has come to try something different."
During that period she starred in an array of successful TV shows including the critically acclaimed BBC’s Our Girl, where she played a young woman who joined the British Army after having personal problems in her life.
However she left after series one, leaving the role to be passed on, in series two, to another soap star; Michelle Keegan from Coronation Street.
Lacey then took other high profile parts including playing the lead in Bedlam in 2012, a drama about a paramedic who can see dead people, and in Switch she played a witch opposite Hannah Tointon.
She then returned to EastEnders in 2014, and told the Radio Times that in that she found the period away from the soap beneficial, revealing: “I left here wanting to have a break, really. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. At one point, I wanted to make furniture! I’m one of these people who does courses in everything.
“I’ve got thousands of qualifications and don’t use any of them. I just wanted to live a normal life. I was just lucky to work. I had fun and I made a variety of different things. I do feel like I achieved something."
According to the Daily Star it was revealed that the brunette beauty earned between £150,000 to £190,000, In the same pay bracket as Gillian Taylforth who plays Kathy Beale.
Although this is a huge yearly salary it is not as much as Danny Dyer, who was reportedly making £400,000 a year, or Steve McFadden, who plays boozer Phil Mitchell and rakes in £310,000.
Due to her wage on EastEnders and prolific TV roles, Celebrity Net Worth has calculated that Lacey has a net worth of nearly £4,000,000.
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