EastEnders star Shona McGarty looked very different in a recent throwback snap where the star showed off a dramatic transformation on her social media page to delighted fans

The throwback pic showed the 28-year-old star turn her normal straight hair into a curly perm, with her hair suddenly only reaching just below her chin.

“So this just happened…” she captioned the post, with a laughing emoji and four kisses.

Offering up a beaming smile, Shona donned a grey headband on top of her head to calm her new wild waves down, pairing it with a white and grey patterned top.

Shona looked nothing like her on-character Whitney Dean, who usually styles her hair either poker straight or in a bun. Fans were thrilled to see the snap and couldn't get over how different she looked to her alter-ego.

One posted: "You're gorgeous, love you."

Another added: "Oh my God, I love it."

A third chipped in: "This is beautiful."

A fourth wrote: "You know what Shona… you look stunning. Love it hun. Stay safe, love you always."

The pic was posted during the soap's lockdown during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She certainly looked a far cry from her EastEnders character Whitney, who has recently taken on a singing career on the show, much to fans' enjoyment.

The actress surprised fans recently when her character Whitney Dean sand Leona Lewis' song 'Homeless' at the Vic.

Despite McGarty clearly having an excellent singing voice, she admitted that she had doubts over the storyline when it was first pitched to her.

Speaking to Inside Soap , McGarty said: "I was unsure, to be honest, because I've always kept my singing very separate to [the character of] Whitney. However, when I was told where this story is going, and that it would be quite fun for my character, I thought it sounded like a nice arc for her.".

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