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EastEnders' Zoe Slater had one of the most explosive range of storylines on the hit BBC soap during her time.
If it wasn’t finding out Kat Slater was her real mother, it was falling pregnant with Dirty Den’s baby in a ploy to keep boyfriend Dennis Rickman around.
Actress Michelle left her role of Zoe behind in 2005 as the character took off the Spain, after five years.
Since she left Kat Slater, Mo Slater and Jean Slater have all returned to the show, however, there was never any sign of Zoe
The actress is very rarely seen, having last been spotted in Notting Hill back in 2018, but she is set to return to her Doctor Who role Lady Christina.
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So where is actress Michelle Ryan now?
Following her five years on EastEnders, Michelle’s career catapulted from the UK to America.
Michelle starred in TV shows Jekyll, Merlin, Doctor Who and American show Bionic Woman.
She also starred in Hollywood movie 188.8.131.52 as well as flicks such as The Man Inside, Cockneys vs Zombies and Girl Walks Into A Bar.
Most recently it was announced that Michelle Ryan would be returning for a second series of Doctor Who saga Lady Christina.
Michelle last played the character on television in the 2009’s Easter Special episode of Doctor Who, Planet of the Dead and in the first series of the audiobook in 2018, now she will be voicing the action heroine once more as she travels to a land down under.
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According to site Doctor Who News, Lady Christina de Souza will discover historical treasures and grapple with difficult family decisions.
Michelle reportedly said of her role: "Lady Christina is someone who's very capable and independent. Like a cat, she does have nine lives, I really think. People seem to really respond to her.
"It's so great to put her boots back on, and get back in the studio and have a little play. Everyone's bringing their A-game. The writing's really good. I've really had a brilliant time.
The audio programme Lady Christina series 2 features three new stories, and Michelle appears once more alongside her original co-star Warren Brown, which is available on Big Finish for £16.99.
Is Michelle Ryan married?
In her private life Michelle tends to live her life out of the spotlight with no Twitter on Instagram pages to be found.
In 2009, the star reportedly dated How I Met Your Mother and Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segal.
In 2016, Michelle was pictured with her boyfriend in London.
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