EastEnders Sean Maguire unrecognisable after actor swapped soap for Hollywood

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    Sean Maguire first arrived on our screens as "Tegs" Ratcliffe on Grange Hill when he was just 11, before becoming a soap heartthrob on EastEnders as Aidan Brosnan in 1993.

    Now, more than 30 years after swapping the soap for Hollywood, the star looks totally unrecognisable from his stint on the soap.

    Soap fans will remember teenager Aidan arriving as an apprentice footballer for Walford F.C, before moving in with Arthur and Pauline Fowler.

    However, it was not long before he got into a relationship with troublesome teen Mandy Salter – leading him on a downward spiral that saw him battle addiction and become homeless.

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    After also suffering an injury that ended his football career, he attempted to commit suicide, but was stopped by Mandy.

    Blaming her for his misfortune since arriving in Walford, he left Albert Square for good in 1994 – with Mandy leaving later in the same year.

    Over 30 years since his EastEnders debut, Sean looks incredible as the star has debuted a hunky transformation, after finding success in Hollywood.

    Sean looks incredible, as the star has said goodbye to his curtain haircut for short brown hair and sexy stubble, as the ageless actor continues to wow audiences.

    After leaving EastEnders, the actor landed a number of roles in some of the UK's biggest TV series including Holby City, Scott & Bailey and Death in Paradise.

    He also launched a pop career, releasing three albums and landing more than eight Top 30 UK Chart hits.

    However, the star revealed to podcast Celebrity Catch Up: Life After That Thing I Did, that he chose to move to Los Angeles in 2001 after receiving abuse when he became famous.

    He said: "I found that level of being recognisable is not what you think it’s going to be.

    "I was hit in the face so many times. Going on holiday with my friends led to so many altercations and terrible moments and it just made life so much harder than it did make it easier or cool, that I realised celebrity is not for me. I just wanted to just be an actor."

    After moving to the US, he landed a role in sitcom Off Centre in 2001, alongside American Pie star Eddie Kaye Thomas, with Sean describing it as "one of the happiest times" in his life.

    He said: "Other than now with my kids and my wife, it was probably one of the happiest times I’ve ever had.

    "I wasn’t getting punched in the face anymore… and it was sunny.. And I’m thinking, "well this all worked out great".'

    It certainly did work out great, as Sean has made a name for himself in Hollywood by appearing in CSI: NY, Criminal Minds and Timeless, to name a few.

    He has also become a favourite with fantasy fans too, after playing Robin Hood in the hit TV series Once Upon A Time between 2013 to 2018.

    That's not all, as Sean most recently played Sir Effingham in The Magicians in 2020, and Joe in the TV series S.W.A.T in 2022, as well as appearing in films such as Meet The Spartans and The Red Dress.

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