Who is Jacqueline Jossa and who did the I'm A Celebrity 2019 winner play in EastEnders?

JACQUELINE Jossa was crowned Jungle Queen after being voted the winner of I'm A Celebrity in 2019.

She became a household name playing Lauren Branning in BBC's EastEnders. Here's everything you need to know from her career to her rocky relationship with former Towie star Dan Osborne after they split during lockdown.

What's Jacqueline Jossa's background?

Jacqueline is a 27-year-old actress from Bexley, London, most famous for her role as  Lauren Branning on EastEnders.

During her time on the show she was involved in several major plot lines, including a twisted love triangle with brothers Peter and Steven Beale, falling in love with her cousin and becoming an alcoholic as she turned to the bottle to cope with her mum's cancer diagnosis.

She always wanted to be an actress and attended D&B Theatre School in Bromley – the same school as EastEnders star Tilly Keeper, and X Factor's Matt Terry.

She won four awards for her portrayal of the character, including Sexiest Female twice at the Inside Soap Awards.

In December 2019 the actress won I'm A Celebrity – and was crowned Queen of the Jungle.

When did Jacqueline leave EastEnders and who did she play?

Jacqueline joined the long-running BBC soap in September 2010 and was the second actress to play Lauren Branning.

She replaced Madeline Duggan who originally portrayed the character from 2006- 2010.

When Jacqueline fell pregnant, Lauren disappeared from screens in February 2015, and returned permanently in May 2016.

Despite this, she did make a brief appearance during the murder trial of her dad Max Branning in September 2015.

Jacqueline left the soap in February 2018, although the character's abrupt departure left fans confused.

She disappeared following her sister Abi's funeral, who fell from a roof with Lauren – but it wasn't clear where she went or who with.

When did Jacqueline and Dan Osborne get married and how many kids do they have?

Jacqueline started dating former Towie hunk Dan Osborne, 26,  in 2014.

They briefly split at the beginning of their relationship, but quickly rekindled the romance.

She gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Ella Selina, in February 2015.

Dan also has one son, four-year-old Teddy, from a previous relationship with Megan Tomlin.

Dan proposed to Jacqueline in June 2015, while on a family holiday together in Greece where the couple watched her sister getting married.

While they initially postponed the wedding to adjust to their work schedules, Jacqueline was seen at a bridal shop in April 2017 looking at gowns ahead of her big day. 

The pair finally tied the knot on Saturday, June 24, 2017, after a two-year engagement.

According to the Daily Mirror, the nuptials took place at the stunning £7million Delamere Manor in Cuddington, Cheshire, formerly owned by Take That frontman Gary Barlow.

The couple welcomed their second baby girl Mia on June 15, 2018.

Why did Jacqueline Jossa and Dan Osborne split?

On May 1, The Sun Online exclusively revealed that the couple had split after a series of rows about Dan working away from home.

The couple decided to "take a break" from the relationship after the bust-ups caused by Dan spending time away in Marbella working at a fitness boot camp.

Love Island star Marcel Somerville accused his ex Gabby Allen of cheating with Dan on a work trip in Mallorca.

Gabby and Dan were pictured looking close together on a yacht as they enjoyed a holiday at The Holistic Bootcamp in Marbella alongside celeb pals Stephanie Davis and Calum Best.

But Dan was quick to defend the snaps and told one of his Instagram followers that he was merely “speaking and laughing with a friend”.

On June 8, Dan shared a picture of him and daughter Ella snuggling in their family home giving the impression the couple working through their problems.

Are Jacqueline Jossa and Dan Osborne still together?

No. Despite Jacqueline insisting they are "stronger than ever" after a tumultuous few years, the mum-of-two split with Dan again during lockdown.

The ex-EastEnders star, 27, left the couple’s £1million home with their two young children.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: “Jac and Dan have had their problems but lockdown magnifies everything. She needs breathing space.”

Jacqueline, 27,  is believed to have moved in with her parents.

Former Towie star Dan, 28, is understood to be looking after his son from a previous relationship. The couple remain in contact and hope to “reassess” their relationship after further easing of the tough isolation measures.

Why was Jaqueline Jossa crying at the 2019 NTAs?

The Mirror reported that Jaqueline got into a row with husband Dan at the awards show's after-party when she caught him flirting with a group of women.

A source explained: "When he came back over they got into an argument which resulted in her wanting to leave early."

Jacqueline said: ‘It's just not cool. I want to go NOW' and he was arguing that he didn’t want to leave and the feud carried on."

They added: "I reckon he’s up to old tricks because afterwards, she was really upset and actually cried.

"It was awkward because everyone was having fun and they weren't hiding their fight from those around them.”

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