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EastEnders’ Barbara Smith’s life from cameo as Bex’s ‘dodgy’ pal to co-star ‘romance’

EastEnders has been a part of our screens for nearly forty years and now one of its young stars has revealed they previously had a cameo in the iconic BBC One soap.

EastEnders actress Barbara Smith, who plays Bobby Beale’s girlfriend Dana Monroe, revealed that she had a minor role in the soap in 2019.

The young star went on to explain that she played a girl named Ellie who sold Bex Fowler, played by Jasmine Armfield, some “dodgy medication”.

This went on to tell the story of Bex’s tense overdose storyline in the soap after a troubling time for the teen.



EastEnders Dana Monroe actress Barbara Smith played Bex Fowler's dodgy friend Ellie in the soap in 2019
EastEnders Dana Monroe actress Barbara Smith played Bex Fowler’s dodgy friend Ellie in the soap in 2019

Barbara has since returned to the soap as Dana, Bobby’s love interest, but what has her life on-screen been like since her initial debut?

Bex’s ‘dodgy’ pal

Ellie bumped into Bex on an open day for Oxford University and offered her some drugs, resulting in a challenging time for the teen who then left Walford to travel the world.

Although she wasn’t in it for long, Barbara explained what it was like on the first day on the set of EastEnders, telling Inside Soap: “I felt as if I was stepping into my TV when I first walked on to the set and it was one of those moments where I had to pinch myself.

“I was obsessed with EastEnders as a kid, and it’s especially surreal if I ever see Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey.

“The reveal of Max and Stacey’s affair, followed by Bradley [Branning] later falling from the roof of the Queen Vic was my favourite storyline ever.”

Barbara was also a regular on Casualty, where she performed Unburied in 2010. In between EastEnders stints, she appeared on BBC soap.



Bobby and Dana have been in an on/off relationship in Albert Square
Bobby and Dana have been in an on/off relationship in Albert Square

Dana debut

Barbara now plays the role of Dana, who has been building up a budding relationship with Bobby Beale.

She said that she was very similar to her EastEnders character, and what the future holds for Bobby and Dana.

She said: “I think we need less sneaky and shady people in Walford! I love Dana and Bobby as a couple, so I hope they can get through it.”

Most recently in the soap, it has seen their relationship take another level when the teenage son of Ian Beale confessed to killing his sibling Lucy.

Clay Milner Russell plays Bobby.

This confession led to Dana’s dad Harvey, played by Ross Boatman, telling his daughter to stop seeing Bobby.



The pair have sparked romance rumours after they were pictured together off set
The pair have sparked romance rumours after they were pictured together off set

Romance rumours

Despite complications amongst their relationship on-screen, romance rumours have been circulating with Barbara and Clay looking cosy in recent snaps.

Both the pair appear to have a close relationship off-screen, as they were often pictured together in recent months.

They were seen looking cozy as they took a walk around Elstree while sipping coffee. Barbara and Clay seemed to be enjoying each other’s company as they chatted away to one another during their break from filming.



Barbara appears on the soap as Dana, but it seems she and Clay - who plays Bobby - have been getting pally off screen
Barbara appears on the soap as Dana, but it seems she and Clay – who plays Bobby – have been getting pally off screen

Later on, they were pictured getting on the same train together to head home after a long day of filming at the BBC studios.

Clay returned to the BBC soap after his character murdered his sister in 2014. Clay has been on the soap since then. Since his character has appeared back on our screens Bobby’s past has caught up with him.

The death of his sister has played on the character’s mind leading to him lying to his girlfriend Dana.



Bobby's past caught up with him as Lucy's death was playing on his mind
Bobby’s past caught up with him as Lucy’s death was playing on his mind

He also went on to lie to his girlfriend by saying he owned his dad Ian’s business.

However, Bobby’s lies got out of control and he was soon found out.

Despite all their difficulties, Bobby and Dana worked things out and Dana decided to forgive him. Bobby’s brother Peter decided to step in and have an emotional chat with Dana to help smooth things out between the pair.

However, in soapland, no couple can be happy ever after. Things between Bobby and Dana will likely take another dramatic turn.

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EastEnders' Barbara Smith's life from cameo as Bex's 'dodgy' pal to co-star 'romance'
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