Maisie Smith looks unrecognisable as she returns to EastEnders

Gemma Strong

Actress Maisie Smith returned to EastEnders on Thursday night - and she certainly made a big impression on viewers. It was the first time that Maisie's character Tiffany Butcher, and her onscreen brother Morgan (played by Devon Higgs), have appeared on screen since September 2014, and their new grown-up appearance caused a bit of a stir amongst fans of the soap.

"Seeing Tiffany all grown up on EastEnders makes me feel really old!" one Twitter user confessed, with another adding: "Can't believe how grown up Tiffany looks!!" A third remarked: "When did Tiffany and Morgan grow up?! #eastenders."


Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher) and Devon Higgs (Morgan Butcher) return to EastEnders

Maisie Smith and Devon Higgs returned to EastEnders this week after two years away

Maisie and Devon have reprised their roles this week in time for sister Whitney Dean's wedding. 

Tiffany and Morgan left Albert Square two years ago to begin a new life with mum Bianca and her partner Terry in Milton Keynes. But it seems their time in Walford will be short lived; a show insider has confirmed to the Radio Times that the duo will only be back for a few episodes.

Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher) and Devon Higgs (Morgan Butcher) return to EastEnders

The pair pictured together in 2010

Maisie's return to the soap coincides with the news that she is launching a music career. The 15-year-old has undergone a glamorous makeover in her bid for stardom, with Instagram snapshots showing her looking every bit a pop star in crop tops, skirts and thigh-high boots.

The actress has certainly been impressing fans with her vocals, which she showcases on YouTube – including a cover of Justin Bieber's Let Me Love You.

Maisie Smith launching pop career

Maisie, 15, has been busy launching a new pop career

"I have a feeling you will do very well in the music industry. Good luck young lady and I look forward to hearing your first number 1," one wrote.

Another commented: "I can't believe how grown up she is now. She really is a different person since leaving EastEnders. Good luck in your future of music Maisie. You have an amazing voice."