Jacqueline Mary Jossa is an English actress from Bexley, London, best known for playing Lauren Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2010 to 2018. She won “Best Newcomer” at the National Television Awards 2012 and “Best Actress” at the Inside Soap Awards 2013. Jossa was cast in EastEnders in 2010 as Lauren Branning, taking over from Madeline Duggan who played the role from 2006 to 2010.
Jossa was “excited” to join the show, saying she has always been a fan. Her first appearance was on 27 September 2010. Jossa also appears in Lauren’s internet spin-off series, Lauren’s Diaries, with two series in 2010 and 2011.
In September 2017, it was revealed that Jossa would be leaving EastEnders after 7 years alongside on-screen sister, Lorna Fitzgerald. Their exit was a decision made by the new temporary producer John Yorke. A spokesperson for the soap said, “We can confirm that Jacqueline and Lorna will be leaving EastEnders. They have both been wonderful to work with and we wish them all the best for the future”.
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