Former EastEnders star Michelle Gayle, 51, stuns This Morning fans with youthful appearance

‘No way is she in her 50s!’ Former EastEnders star Michelle Gayle, 51, stuns This Morning viewers with her astonishingly youthful appearance

She landed her first TV role back in 1988, when she joined the cast of Grange Hill before becoming an R&B singing sensation and EastEnders actress.

And on Friday, Michelle Gayle, 51, stunned This Morning viewers with her astonishingly youthful appearance, as she spoke on the ITV show to promote her stage show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The former EastEnders star – who played Hattie Tavernier in the soap from 1990 to 1993 – defied her years thanks to her flawless glowing skin.

No way! On Friday, Michelle Gayle, 51, stunned This Morning viewers with her astonishingly youthful appearance, as she spoke on the ITV show to promote her stage show

No way! On Friday, Michelle Gayle, 51, stunned This Morning viewers with her astonishingly youthful appearance, as she spoke on the ITV show to promote her stage show

Wearing a pretty beige and orange puff sleeved midi dress, Michelle styled her raven tresses into a sleek bob.

Viewers took to Twitter in their droves, with one typing: ‘Michelle Gayle is 51!!!…. YES 51!!!!! She looks amazing!!!!!!! #ThisMorning.’

‘Michelle Gayle looks at least 30 years younger. #ThisMorning,; tweeted someone else with another insisting: ‘No way is Michelle Gayle in her 50s!! #ThisMorning.’ 

‘#ThisMorning – Michelle Gayle has not aged a day since she played Hattie in Eastenders,’ gushed one fan while another viewer tweeted: ‘Watching @thismorning and #MichelleGayle thinking she was about 28.. no way is she 51!!!’

Throwback: The former EastEnders star - who played Hattie Tavernier in the soap from 1990 to 1993 - defied her years thanks to her flawless glowing skin (Pictured in 1992)

Throwback: The former EastEnders star – who played Hattie Tavernier in the soap from 1990 to 1993 – defied her years thanks to her flawless glowing skin (Pictured in 1992)

Gorgeous: Wearing a pretty beige and orange puff sleeved midi dress, Michelle styled her raven tresses into a sleek bob

Gorgeous: Wearing a pretty beige and orange puff sleeved midi dress, Michelle styled her raven tresses into a sleek bob

Demanding to know the secret of her youthful appearance, one person asked: ‘Please can someone tell me Michelle Gayle’s secret because she looks INSANE! How did we all get older whilst she stayed 21?! #ThisMorning.’ 

On looking good and staying in shape, Michelle told The Mirror in 2019: ‘I’m not one of these clean-eating people. I’d never starve myself, I cannot bear to be hungry. I just try to eat sensibly.

‘Hitting 50 doesn’t bother me at the moment. Being 48 is tricky with casting. I think the industry has improved. I think it used to be that you had to be under 30 as a woman to be a lead.

Disbelief: Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to voice their shock

Disbelief: Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to voice their shock

‘Now there are so many kick-ass women over 40 on TV and the ­audience loves them.’ 

Michelle isn’t keen on plastic surgery, and when asked if she’d ever have it done insisted: ‘No way. My younger friends are having Botox and it cracks me up. No one needs Botox. It’s a social condition.

‘Everyone has insecurities. I hate my legs, they are huge. I look in the mirror and go, ”Woah.” But I don’t care enough to make it an issue. I don’t make the way I look the most important part of my life.’

However Michelle admitted that she will decline invitations to events because of the ­pressure to look good. confessing: ‘It gives me anxiety enough to say I’m not going.’ 

Talented: Michelle played Hattie Tavernier in EastEnders from 1990 to 1993

Talented: Michelle played Hattie Tavernier in EastEnders from 1990 to 1993

Throwback: (Pictured in 1995 with Ant and Dec)

Throwback: (Pictured in 1995 with Ant and Dec)

In addition to her stellar acting career on stage and screen, Michelle is also an incredible talented R&B singer/songwriter. 

The Brit Award-nominated star achieve a whopping seven top 40 singles in the UK Singles Chart during her 90s hey day. 

Michelle was married to ex-professional footballer Mark Bright for ten years. The couple shares a son, Isaiah, 22, together. The pair divorced on April 18, 2008.

Michelle – who previously came second in Eurovision Your Decision back in 2008 – went on to welcomed her second child son, Luke, now 11, in November 2011.

She is married to second husband, entrepreneur Tony Lynch. 

Star! She played Fiona Wilson in Grange Hill in her first TV role when she was just a teen

Star! She played Fiona Wilson in Grange Hill in her first TV role when she was just a teen

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