By Becky Waldren
NATALIE Cassidy has faced several hardships both on and off screen while playing EastEnders favourite Sonia Fowler – and recently had a Christmas from hell after discovering con-man Rocky was not her dad.
But while her character lives in a hectic household in Albert Square, the actress, 38, has a more idyllic lifestyle in a countryside home.
Natalie often gives fans an update on her home life on social media, where she is regularly spotted chilling out with her family after a long day filming for the soap.
She recently posed next to her beautifully decorated festive door, alongside her daughters Eliza and Joanie, and her two nieces – revealing to fans her fears about celebrating Christmas following the death of her dad, Charles, earlier this year.
She wrote: "Look at my girls. My beautiful daughters and my beautiful great nieces. Absolutely blessed. Door by the brilliant @thedoordisplaycompany. Was so worried about this Christmas being sad without my daddy. But it’s been absolutely perfect. Thank you to the best family in the world."
Earlier this year, Natalie opened up about her personal life by sharing a sweet photo with her partner Marc Humphreys from, she penned: "I’m very lucky and so is he. That’s why it works."
Inside the stunning pad, the kitchen appears to be the heart of the house, with the actress posting photos in there with her children, cooking, enjoying a cup of coffee or receiving large bouquets of flowers positioned on the black granite worktop.
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The rustic oasis has vintage wooden floors, white wooden cupboards with silver handles, a dishwasher, electric stove, coffee machine and a chic wooden table.
Meanwhile, the cosy living room features a large fireplace, extra wide screen TV, wood flooring and statement floral wallpaper.
And the actress is partial to some quirky artwork, featuring a philosophical quote, as there's several pieces that can be seen scattered around the house.
One piece states: "It's better to have loved and lost than to live with the psycho for the rest of your life."
While another says: "Live like heaven is on earth. Love like you have never been hurt. Laugh like no one is listening. Sing as if no one can hear. Dance as if no one is watching.
"Dream like there no impossibilities. Play like there are no winners. Give like you have plenty. Smile till your face hurts. Cherish your family & friends everyday."
There's also numerous personal touches adorning the pad, including Snow White's seven dwarves lined up on the window sill.
Meanwhile designer Jo Malone candles can be seen in the lounge, adding a luxury touch.
Natalie shares the home with her fiance Marc Humphreys, their daughter Joanie, five, and her first daughter Eliza, 11 – whom she shares with her ex Adam Cottrell.
The screen star quipped she's "no Mrs Hinch" referring to the cleaning guru as she revealed her children's newly re-vamped beds, with fresh floral bedspreads too.
Outside, the garden is a space of serenity with luscious grass and high wooden fences for extra privacy.
There's also a touching tribute to Natalie's late mum Evelyn – who died when she was 19 – in the form of a stone plaque nestled in the foliage, underneath a beautiful rose.
Natalie was gifted the rose and memorial stone by her brother, writing: "This is our Evelyn Rose.
"My brother bought it for me for my 30th birthday. It’s 7 and a bit years old and has never looked better. My dad loves it and cares for it."
The soap actress admitted that she was "finally comfortable" with her body after losing three stone ahead of the London Marathon in April.
She revealed: "I have learnt how to eat and how to be comfortable with who I am … You get wiser as you get older and I just feel much more confident and comfortable."
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