Because you can’t stay on Albert Square forever, can you?
Before Ben Hardy starred in the award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, he played Ian Beale’s son, Peter.
Most of us will Recognise Martine McCutcheon as Natalie from Love Actually, but your mum probably knows her as Tiffany Mitchell from Eastenders.
Before everyone fell in love with Missandei in Game of Thrones, Nathalie Emmanuel played the troubled teen that was Sasha Valentine in Hollyoaks.
And then there was Sasha’s brother Calvin Valentine, played by Ricky Whittle, who you might recognise as Lincoln from The 100.
Sam Strike is probably Eastenders’ most recent export – he played Johnny Carter until 2014, and went on to star in the The Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel Leatherface.
Eastenders fans will know Rob Kazinsky as bad boy Sean Slater, but vampire fans will know him as Macklyn from True Blood.
Rachel Shenton is another Hollyoaks alum, and she went on to win an Oscar!
If you saw Yesterday, you probably didn’t realise that Himesh Patel, AKA Jack, also played Tamwar on Eastenders.
While he’s technically not a Brit, Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan is another soap star who had a Marvel moment – as the head riot guard in Guardians of the Galaxy. But to Hollyoaks fans, he will always be Brendan Brady.
Long before Reece Noi played Mossador in Game of Thrones, he was wreaking havoc in Waterloo Road.
Jenna Coleman’s pretty much a household name, and although she was in Connie in Captain America: The First Avenger, to some, she will always be Jasmine Thomas, a regular in Emmerdale.
Another soap star turned Game of Thrones-er here. Roxanne Mckee better know as Louise from Hollyoaks ahead of her days as Doreah.
You might know him for playing the hilarious token Brit, Earl Grey, in Scream Queens, Lucien Laviscount was Ben from Coronation Street.
And finally, Sean Maguire, who had a year-long stint on Eastenders in the ’90s, but is now better known as Robin Hood from Once Upon a Time.
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