EastEnders’ Dana star Barbara Smith appeared on the BBC soap in 2019 as a different character

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EastEnders star Barbara Smith, who plays Dana Monroe, has revealed that she once appeared on the BBC One soap in 2019 as a different character.

Speaking in a recent interview, the actress said that she played a character called Ellie two years ago who offered Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) some "dodgy medication" while attending an open day for Oxford University.

And now, two years later, Barbara has joined Albert Square as a different character — Dana, who is the girlfriend of Bobby Beale (Clay Milner Russell).

Talking to Inside Soap, the soap star said: "I felt as if I was stepping into my TV when I first walked on to the set and it was one of those moments where I had to pinch myself.

"I was obsessed with EastEnders as a kid, and it's especially surreal if I ever see Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey.

"The reveal of Max and Stacey's affair, followed by Bradley [Branning] later falling from the roof of the Queen Vic was my favourite storyline ever."

Talking about her current character, Barbara admitted that she "loves" Dana and Bobby as a couple so she hopes that they can "get through it".

Only recently in Albert Square, Bobby lied about who he is but eventually came clean and told Dana the truth about his killer past last month, which resulted in her dumping him, but she recently gave him another chance.

However, only recently, Rocky let slip to Dana's father the truth about Bobby's past after he spent time in prison for killing his sister Lucy Beale in 2014 when he was aged 10.

Harvey was left furious as he confronted Bobby about his past and was surprised to hear that Dana already knew all about it.

In upcoming scenes, former Hollyoaks star Charlie Wernham is set to arrive in Walford this autumn. He'll play new character Aaron Monroe who stops by the Square to see his dad Harvey (played by Ross Boatman) and younger sister Dana.

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The father/daughter duo are set to move into the Square permanently as Dana's rocky relationship with Bobby progresses. Aaron – fresh from the city – pops by to check out their new set up.

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