Natalie Cassidy's Biography
Natalie Cassidy was a child actress and from 1993 to 2007 she played Sonia Fowler in EastEnders, during which time she won two British Soap Awards: Best Actress in 2001 and Best Dramatic Performance from a young actor or actress in 2004.
Subsequently she has had theatrical roles including playing Donyasha in The Cherry Orchard.
Natalie Cassidy has also worked as a TV presenter and she hosted Natalie Cassidy's Real Britain on BBC Three, which highlighted a group of extraordinary young Britons.
In 2007, Natalie lost two and a half stone and her fitness DVD Then And Now Workout was a popular success, she also appeared in the documentary Natalie Cassidy's Diet Secrets for BBC3 and but her ups and down in her fight to keep her weight down have filled numerous tabloid column inches.
In an interview with The Mail Natalie Cassidy said about her weight issues:
"I'm a very social person. I love nothing better than going out for drinks or dinner with my mates. But I couldn't do it and stay slim ... Eventually, I just accepted that I wasn't meant to be a size eight. It would mean killing myself with exercise every day. That might suit some people's lifestyle but it was making me miserable. My message to teenagers or to anyone worried about their weight now is be happy in the skin you are in."
In 2009 Natalie Cassidy partnered Vincent Simone in Strictly Come Dancing. They came fifth.
In March 2009, Natalie called off her wedding to actor Ben Porter and soon afterwards she started going out with Adam Cottrell.
She was also romantically linked to a police officer named Jamie.
However, in March 2010 Natalie Cassidy revealed that she and Adam Cotrell were expecting a baby.
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