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EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy stuns fans with very rare photo of her children

The actress shared a festive snap on Instagram

Gemma Strong

Natalie Cassidy is gearing up for a fun family Christmas! The EastEnders actress took to Instagram on Sunday to share a rare festive photo of her children as they posed by their Christmas tree. Mum and daughters were also joined by a surprise guest – an oversized elf.

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"A surprise visit from @elffromtheshelf today! Girls loved it. A little bit of magic makes us smile every time #12daystogo #keepbelieving #bigkid," Natalie, 37, captioned the sweet snapshot.

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The photo shows Natalie dressed all in black as she poses with Eliza, ten, and four-year-old Joanie. She shares Eliza with her former boyfriend Adam Cottrell and Joanie with her husband, EastEnders cameraman, Marc Humphreys.

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Her followers were quick to comment on the picture, with EastEnders co-star Patsy Palmer writing, "The girls look so beautiful." One fan told the actress: "Awww, what a lovely surprise for your girls, and a lovely picture." A second commented: "Happy family time and memories!" while a third joked: "You look about 12! Wow, how magic, bet girls loved x."

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Natalie Cassidy has shared a sweet new snapshot of her daughters

Natalie and fiancé Marc met on the set of EastEnders, where Marc was working as a freelance cameraman, and started dating in 2014. They announced their engagement the following year, as they celebrated their 12-month anniversary, and welcomed Joanie in August 2016.

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Earlier this year, Natalie stunned onlookers at the NTAs as she showed off the results of her dramatic weight loss. The star – best known for playing Sonia Fowler in the BBC soap – opted for a tailored suit, completing her androgynous look with a lacy camisole and black court shoes.

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Natalie and Marc announced their engagement in 2015

The well-fitted blazer and trousers really highlighted Natalie's slender frame; she lost an incredible three stone last year, and is clearly maintaining her new healthy lifestyle.

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Natalie saw the weight fall off in 2019 as she embarked on training for the London Marathon, going on to complete the gruelling long-distance running event in five hours, 27 minutes.

She told the RunPod podcast: "I have learnt how to eat and how to be comfortable with who I am... You get wiser as you get older and I just feel much more confident and comfortable."

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