Where is EastEnders Little Mo actress Kacey Ainsworth now as looks unrecognisable from soap days

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Kacey Ainsworth is best known for gracing our screens on EastEnders, playing dowdy and downcast Little Mo Slater.

The actress placed the role for six years, leaving in 2006. At the time she explained in an interview: "Lots of people thought I'd left then and offers started to come in.

"That's when I first realised that there is another world out there. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have thought about it because I love playing Little Mo so much."

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She continued to The Mirror: "She is a fantastic character but it was time to move on.

"I wanted to be an actor from the age of five, but I didn't want to become one just to do the same thing all the time. I would have left earlier – I felt ready to go – but they wanted me to play out a leaving storyline.

"Now I just need to do something new."

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But now that it has been nearly 15 years, what is Kacey up to now?

What is Kacey Ainsworth's job now?

Kacey is thankfully still an actress, and since leaving Albert Square has starred in many TV shows including Doctors, Casulty, Hotel Babylon and Call the Midwife, among others.

Perhaps her most successful role is in Granchester as Cathy Keating, one she has had since 2014.

The star looks a world away from the unglamorous Maureen ‘Little Mo’ Slater, and has bouncy red curls as well as gorgeous outfits.

Is Kacey Ainsworth married and does she have children?

Kacey is not married but she has been in a long term relationship with her partner Darren Hales for many years.

The pair have two children together, teenagers Elwood and Blossom.

Back in 2019 Kacey revealed that one of the reasons she left EastEnders was to care for Elwood, who has autism.

Kacey admitted that having a lot of acting commitments would be ’too chaotic' for her young son to cope with.

The best-loved actress also went on to explain that she had never suspected Elwood to suffer from autism until he was three years old and it was brought to her attention by a nursery teacher school teacher.

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She said: “I was really shocked. He went to our local communication disorder clinic and I sat behind glass and watched my child being assessed by an ­educational psychologist, speech therapist and a child psychologist. It was ­excruciating.

“It was a sad day, because you have a baby and you want things to be normal. You have to go through that grieving process where you think – this isn’t what I’d set out for.”

Kacey also shared that she is now an ambassador for both Anna Kennedy Online and ­ADD-vance, after seeking advice from both organisations after her son’s diagnosis.

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