The Office and Netflix star unrecognisable in throwback snap before fame aged 18

Actress Lucy Davis has shared a snap of herself looking unrecognisable prior to finding fame in hit BBC series, The Office.

Lucy, 50, took to Instagram to share a throwback picture of herself aged 18. The star told followers that the image was captured when she moved into a new property as she prepared to start drama school.

In the snap, the then-hopeful actress is seen sitting on a mattress on the floor, wearing a loose-fitting T-shirt and a pair of shorts while clutching a hairbrush.

“Me at 18 just moved into my new London digs to go to drama school,” she captioned the photo.

“Soooo many good memories in that place. I lived there for 13 years (with slightly more furniture eventually..) #flashback #likeanotherlifetimeago.”

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Lucy would go on to star in one of the UK’s most iconic TV shows, The Office, famously portraying beloved character Dawn Tinsley.

She then played Etta Candy in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie, and appeared in Ugly Betty and Garfield.

She has gone on to appear in Netflix fantasy hit The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina as one of the lead’s aunts, Hilda Spellman.

Despite her success, Lucy, who is the daughter of comedian Robert Davis, known as Jasper Carrott, has faced a series of struggles with her self image and health.

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The star has previously opened up about her battle with bulimia, which she said was at its peak during her 2011 divorce from actor Owain Yeoman in 2011.

“In my 30s, I would have hated to look like this,” she told The Telegraph.

“I probably wouldn’t have gone out much. I’d diet for a week and then eat all the food I hadn’t consumed in the previous seven days in a single day. This period of binge and purge was at its worst when my marriage came to an end.”

The star also had a kidney transplant in 1997, using an organ donated by her mother. In 2005 she suffered kidney failure but made a full recovery.

She told Diabetes UK: “When you are first diagnosed with diabetes it can seem overwhelming and frightening. It could seem easier to bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away. But I think the most important thing to remember is that you must be in control of your diabetes and not the other way around.

“Many things come along in everyone’s lives to test us. What makes us stand out from the crowd is how we deal with them. Diabetes can be as easy or as difficult as we make it. And by controlling it and keeping ourselves healthy, we can help prevent the side-effects of diabetes later in life.”

“Be vigilant about your health and your medications. Don’t let yourself view it as a chore. Then go out and live your life, and grasp your dreams with both hands.”

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