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Denise van Outen looks unrecognisable as a redhead teenager

The Loose Women panellist looked so different!

Hanna Fillingham
Hanna FillinghamUS Managing Editor
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Denise van Outen is known for her trademark blonde hair, but the Loose Women panelist revealed this week that she is actually a natural redhead! The TV personality shared a throwback photo of herself aged 14 in one of the first television shows she starred in, Kappatoo. In the picture, the mother-of-one wore her strawberry blonde hair styled in a half up-do, and even had a fringe! "TBT to one of my first TV acting roles aged 14 in a kids sci-fi drama called ‘Kappatoo’ #syliviayoung #childactress #tbthursday," Denise wrote besides the image.

Not only were fans quick to comment on her hair colour, but they also couldn’t believe just how much the actress looked like her eight-year-old daughter Betsy. One wrote: "Wow Betsy looks like you there! Fab." Another said: "Wow your daughter looks like you there." A third added: "I'd never have recognised you from that photo!"

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Denise Van Outen as a teenager with red hair

Denise shares her only child with ex-husband Lee Mead, and the pair co-parent Betsy. The star previously opened up about her relationship with Lee, telling HELLO!: "We never really had to think about it too much. At the start we always just made it - we knew Betsy was the priority and as always will be friends. We are friends. Everybody's situation is different, and ours works well."

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Many people observed how much Denise looked like her daughter Betsy

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On raising her daughter while living in the spotlight, the mum-of-one added: "She leads a very normal life. If there's an event or something that I get to share with her, then why not because we get to spend time together - a lot of parents take their children to work with them when they can. I'm lucky that with my job sometimes I can." For the past four years, Denise has been in a relationship with boyfriend Eddie Boxshall, and recently revealed on Loose Women that she often gets asked whether they are planning on having a baby together. She said: "I get asked a lot. I get it constantly, because I'm with Eddie."

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