MAISIE Smith showed off her toned legs as she celebrated her 21st birthday today.
The EastEnders star – who played Tiffany Butcher on the BBC One soap – flashed a big smile as she left dance rehearsals for Strictly Presents: Keeeep Dancing show.
The actress was seen celebrating her special day with a birthday breakfast in Eastbourne.
Maisie – who competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2020 alongside pro dancer Gorka Marquez – was joined by her fellow Strictly co-stars, including Max George, Nancy Xu, Rhys Stephenson and Neil Jones.
Wearing a oversized black hoodie and a pair of tiny shorts, Maisie left the café carrying flowers, chocolates, an inflatable unicorn and a birthday badge.
She kept her fiery tresses in a low ponytail and opted for no makeup as she headed to the theatre for The Strictly Come Dancing summer tour.
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The soap star completed her casual look with gold hoop earrings, a pair of sunglasses and some black Crocs with Nike socks.
Maisie was pictured beaming as she strolled along the street with her birthday gifts.
The TV favourite is busy in rehearsals for the hotly anticipated tour.
The Sun revealed how Maisie had quit EastEnders in October 2021, after 13 years in her role as Tiffany Butcher.
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We told how the actress was gearing up to quit after being inundated with big-money offers.
Maisie, who was six years old when she joined the BBC One soap in 2008, left Albert Square at the end of last year.
Maisie, 20, is preparing for a new role as the leading lady for the Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, co-directed by Craig Revel Horwood.
She will be reunited with dancer Kevin Clifton for the stage show which will be based on the much-loved 1992 film of the same name.
The dancing duo previously performed together during the BBC ballroom show's Children In Need special, as well as the live tour.
Now, Maisie is set to play leading lady Fran in the Baz Luhrmann directed show while Kevin, 39, will take the lead as Scott Hastings.
The pair announced the news to Lorraine after Maisie "smashed the audition" for the show.
"I just fell in love with ballroom and Latin," Maisie said of her time on Strictly, and her decision to continue dancing long after.
"Obviously we met a couple of years ago. I started my brief Strictly journey with [Kevin] so it is only fitting we get to continue it now."
It comes weeks after Maisie teased her latest project on Instagram, showing off a photo of the script for the stage show.
It comes after Maisie revealed a surprising career change after quitting her role as EastEnders' Tiffany Butcher last year.
In April the actress stunned the crowd at Proud Cabaret with a rendition of Adele's Easy On Me, and confessed she wants to try musical theatre next.
Maisie was with a group of pals and her lookalike sister when Claire Sweeney invited her on stage for an impromptu song.
Afterwards Maisie told pals after performing at the Burlesque style show on the Embankment: “I’ve absolutely loved this.
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"This is definitely what I’d love to do more of, musical theatre next.
"I'd love to do something like this show, it's really up my street. It’s been amazing.”
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