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Grange Hill’s biggest transformations as stars are unrecognisable 44 years on

BBC Grange Hill actor Lee McDonald recently looked unrecognisable, as he shared sweet snaps from his wedding day to his girlfriend of 10 years.

Lee shared the happy news on his Twitter account, including a loved up snap of the couple leaving the wedding venue.

He tweeted alongside the snap: 'Finally got hitched xxx," followed by a series of love hearts.

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Lee is just one of the Grange Hill stars to have showcased a huge transformation in the years following their rise to fame on the beloved BBC drama.

They have also gone on to new levels of fame too – from becoming EastEnders icons to appearing in Holby City.

Here, Daily Star takes a look at the original Grange Hill cast's biggest transformations.

Lee McDonald (Samuel 'Zammo' McGuire)

If there was ever one character that was synonymous with Grange Hill, it is Samuel 'Zammo' McGuire.

During his time on the programme between 1978 to 1984, Lee's character Zammo was at the centre of a hard-hitting drugs storyline, with the actor and his fellow cast members becoming involved in a number of anti-drug campaigns encouraging young people to "Just say no."

Lee has since appeared in Birds Of A Feather and The Bill, and reportedly runs his own business in Surrey, where the star now lives.

The actor has since wowed fans with his incredible transformation on programmes including This Morning, where the star now sports a shorter hairstyle, and as always, continues to flash his cheeky smile.

He also delighted fans when he shared a photo of a cast reunion in 2017 for BBC Children In Need, alongside co-stars Alison Bettles, Todd Carty, Erkan Mustafa and the late Gwyneth Powell.

Grange Hill fans could not get enough of the sweet snap, with one saying: "Good memories."

"That's a great pic," said a second, adding "I love watching old episodes of Grange Hill. It's like seeing all your old schoolmates again, only difference is that I didn't actually know any of them for real!"

Todd Carty (Peter 'Tucker' Jenkins)

Todd Carty became a TV icon from a young age, after landing the role of Peter 'Tucker' Jenkins in Grange Hill.

The then 15 year old actor became instantly recognisable in the role – from his antics with his on-screen class mates, to the long brown locks that framed his face as he tried to work his way out of trouble.

He became such a Grange Hill icon that he event landed his own spin-off show, Tuckers Luck, which ran for three years between 1983 to 1985.

More than 44 years since his onscreen breakthrough, the now 59 year old Todd may have said goodbye to the long hair, but he looks as youthful as ever.

Along with playing EastEnders legend Mark Fowler, and appearing in TV series including The Bill and Celebrity 5 go Caravanning, Todd hardly seems to have aged a day as he continues to delight TV audiences.

Susan Tully (Suzanne Ross)

Fan favourite Suzanne Ross was just as popular among viewers as she was with her on-screen peers when she joined the original cast of Grange Hill.

Constantly challenging the establishment, Suzanne rocked a number of incredible looks during her time on the BBC drama, including her homage to eighties pop icon Boy George (complete with smoky eye make-up and Karma Chameleon inspired outfit).

She also flaunted a number of trendy hairstyles of the era, from her short bob hairstyle to a beautiful brunette feather cut and of course, a mullet, in later years.

After leaving to join the original cast of EastEnders in 1985 as Michelle Fowler, she decided to turn her talents to working behind the camera on BBC series including The Musketeers and Sky Atlantic's Brittania.

Susan has since wowed fans with her ageless appearance, as she continues to flash her signature smile that she showed so often in the programme – as well as sporting yet another stunning hairstyle.

Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning)

With his thick-rimmed glasses and eighties bowl style haircut, Erkan Mustafa became one of Grange Hill's biggest stars when he took on the role of student Roland Browning in the BBC drama.

For more than six years, he became one of the most popular characters of the series – providing discussions around issues including bullying and inspiring a generation of viewers.

After appearing in other hit TV series including Blackadder, Chef alongside comedy legend Lenny Henry and more recently A Touch Of Cloth, the now 52 year old star looks worlds away from his Grange Hill character.

Ditching the bowl cut hairstyle and rocking a trendy bit of stubble, Erkan looks as incredible as ever as he continues to meet Grange Hill fans at conventions and make guest appearances on TV shows including Soccer AM and Celebrity Juice.

Claire and Julie Buckfield (Natasha and Natalie Stevens)

A pair of identical twins who love getting into mischief to fool the school teachers? What could possibly go wrong there?

Natasha and Natalie Stevens were loved by Grange Hill fans, as actresses Claire and Julie Buckfield got up to all sorts of antics during their time on the series.

After appearing for two seasons of the drama, the actresses moved onto other acting roles in some of the country's biggest programmes.

Julie played Julie Matthews in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and also appeared in Casualty and Holby City, whereas her sister Claire played Jenny in 2 Point 4 Children.

Claire also skated her way to second place in the 2007 series of ITV reality competition Dancing on Ice.

The now grown up twins look stunning as they parade a number of enviable fashion looks at press events, including the launch of Hells Kitchen, where the stars matched once again in black outfits and with their new gorgeous blonde locks.

However, they seem to have outgrown having matching hairstyles, with the sisters opting for different cuts and lengths to their blonde tresses.

Amanda Mealing (Tracey Edwards)

Long before she was a Holby City icon, Amanda Mealing got one of her first TV breaks as Tracey Edwards in series three of Grange Hill.

Amanda was instantly recognisable for her cropped brunette curls, paired with a whole range of fashions from the era.

Despite only appearing on Grange Hill for one series, it still remains one of her most memorable roles, alongside her appearances in BBC dramas Casualty and Holby City.

The now adult Amanda has showcased a glamorous transformation since hitting new heights of fame, following her regular role as Connie Beauchamp in the much missed hospital drama Holby City.

The star shared a glam Instagram snap of her attending a press event, where her once cropped brunette curls looked fabulous as they flowed past her shoulders in a stunning silver-grey colour.

With a pop of red lipstick and smoky eyes, Amanda continues to wow fans both on and off the red carpet.

Mark Burdis (Christopher 'Stewpot' Stewart)

Mark Burdis joined the original cast of Grange Hill in 1981 as Christopher 'Stewpot' Stewart.

With his cheeky smile and feathercut ginger hair, he joined Tucker and the gang as they dealt with huge issues in their everyday school lives, until the actor left the BBC drama in 1985.

Mark later went on to appear in a number of TV series including EastEnders, The Bill, A Touch Of Frost and Only Fools And Horses.

More than 41 years later, while Mark may have ditched the ginger tresses, his cheeky smile still remains as he lives his life away from the camera.

The former Grange Hill star has since left acting, and it is reported that he now works as a ring announcer in the boxing industry.

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