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22 July 2020 14:32

It’s hard to believe EastEnders star Maisie Smith hit our screens as Tiffany Butcher at just six-years-old.

EastEnders' Maisie Smith hits back at cruel trolls who labelled her 'ridiculously vain' Tiffany Butcher actress Maisie Smith has shared a powerful message with her followers. It's hard to believe EastEnders star Maisie Smith hit our screens as Tiffany Butcher at just six-years-old. More than a decade later, Maisie is now 18-years-old and has become a social media star over lockdown. Regularly posting hilarious TikTok videos with her mum and sister, the star now has 676k followers on Instagram. But now Maisie has been forced to defend herself, after cruel trolls accused her of being 'vain'.

The star recently shared a video which sees her wearing a yellow crop top and unbuttoned denim shorts. Responding to negative comments she later received, Maisie hit back: "I get a lot of comments saying that I'm vain and that I love myself, and you are absolutely right - I do love myself. Read More: EastEnders to re-air iconic Lucy Beale murder twist - with Joy Joyner's awkward live blunder "And it's taken me a while to feel this way so I'm so sorry if my happiness offends anyone because I'm just living my movie, I'm just living happily in my skin and I think that should be celebrated - not discouraged. Correct me if I'm wrong, guys." Maisie made her TV debut back in 2008 at the age of six, but left the show in 2014 with her family when mum Bianca (Patsy Palmer) chose to start a new life in Milton Keynes. She then reprised her role in 2018 and has been a regular ever since.

Maisie Smith plays Tiffany Butcher in EastEnders. Picture: BBC And it looks like Maisie has bagged herself a new presenting role as it was recently announced she is fronting a hilarious new game show for the BBC. Led by YouTube star Yung Filly, Frankie Bridge has also signed up to 'Celeb Lock-in' which will see hilarious pranks and celebrity house tours. Yung Filly's Celeb Lock-In starts on BBC Three next month, with the likes of Made In Chelsea couple Jamie Laing and Sophie Haboo also taking part. Viewers can also expect to see "rap freestyles, celeb prank phone-calls and exclusive house tours, bad dancing, and lots and lots of chaos". Now Read: What happened to Kevin Wicks in EastEnders? And how did Phil Daniels' character die? Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Star - Soaps Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email EastEnders star Maisie Smith was witnessed smoking a "strong-smelling" cigarette last weekend, as she spent the day with her pal. The 19-year-old, who plays Tiffany Butcher on the BBC One soap opera, was photographed inside her car, driving near her Essex home. At one point, the actress pulled over and could be seen puffing on the cigarette, the car window rolled down to let out the smoke. According to The Sun, Maisie drove away as soon as a police car pulled into the same parking area, which was located on Two Tree Island. An eyewitness claimed a strong smell was coming from the car, as the window was partly rolled down, according to the publication. The soap star and her pal were said to have spent 40 minutes parked on Sunday afternoon around 3.50pm. Daily Star Online has contacted an EastEnders representative for comment. Before her big break on EastEnders, Maisie appeared in the box office hit The Other Boleyn Girl alongside Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, playing a young royal. At the age of six, she was cast as Tiffany on the hit BBC soap, playing the youngest daughter to Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer). Since then, Tiffany has been at the heart of the soap's drama, with a number of challenging storylines over the years from dealing with grief to marrying her childhood sweetheart. (Image: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA) Receiving acclaim for her work on the soap, in 2009, Maisie nabbed the title for Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor or Actress at the British Soap Awards. Speaking about life as a child star, in 2011 she told Stage magazine: "Sudden fame can be tricky when you are just out having fun and people keep wanting to take your photo, but the EastEnders people are very supportive and have said that we can politely say no in situations where we feel uncomfortable. (Image: maisiesmithofficial/Instagram) "I am very glad that my break came with EastEnders, as they are like a family who look after you. Working on the show has given me the chance to learn so much from the actors, especially those who are in my TV family. "There are lots of things you can only learn from actually working on a set." Aside from acting, Maisie often shares clips of her songwriting over social media, having released her first single – Good Thing – four years ago.