EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy shares sweet snap of her with rarely seen daughters Eliza, 12, and Joanie, 6

Natalie Cassidy and lookalike daughters on IWD

EASTENDERS actress Natalia Cassidy has shared a sweet snap with her rarely seen daughters as they cuddled up together.

The soap star – who is best known for playing Sonia Fowler on the BBC One series – was all smiles as she snuggled her two children.

Natalie smiled with her two daughters

The atcress is best known for playing Sonia Fowler

Natalie, 39, kept it casual in a white hoodie as she went make-up free in the snap from what appeared to be a past family holiday.

She pulled her hair off her face and smiled as she wrapped her arms around her daughters, Eliza, 12, and Joanie, six.

The kids looked to be laughing as they played with a small toy in Eliza’s hands, posing at the table under a large tree.

“Happy International Women’s Day,” Natalie penned in the caption, as she posted the photo to her Instagram fans.

“I am teaching my daughters that they are strong, that they are kind and that they can do anything they want to.

“The women in my life, you know who you are. You rock.”

Her friends and followers flooded the comments section to gush over the photo as “gorgeous” and “beautiful”.

Among them was Kellie Bright, who plays Linda Carter in EastEnders, as she penned: “Beautiful picture of your gorgeous girls.”

While Danielle Harold, who portrays Lola Pearce, chimed in: “I love this pic,” Honey Mitchell actres Emma Barton added: “Beautiful photo.”

Natalie rarely shares snaps of her children online, and tries to keep her daughters out of her TV fame spotlight.

However, earlier this month, the mother-of-two gave a glimpse at her youngest lookalike daughter for World Book Day.

Little Joanie was seen wearing a cute little red coat and smiling up at the camera for the snap shared to Instagram.

Natalie shares Eliza with her ex partner Adam Cottrell, while she welcomed Joanie with her fiancé Marc Humphreys.

Having found fame herself at the tender age of 10 playing Sonia, Natalie’s eldest daughter Eliza got her own taste of stardom last year.

Doting mum Natalie revealed it was her own Eliza who had been competing in Junior Bake Off on Channel 4.

But the star had kept her mouth lightly shut until Eliza had been sent home from the famous tent – gushing over her in a snap.

She shared a snap of Eliza clutching a mixing bowl and whisk on Instagram, writing: “This is Eliza. She was 10 and decided to enter for the junior bake off.

“I said, oh Eliza, you’ll never get through, thousands apply and I don’t want you to be disappointed. She got through. And her confidence, determination and maturity has blown me away.

“I am proud of my daughters every day. But to watch one of them be so kind and helpful to others in the tent every night this week, has made me the proudest mum alive.

“My advice to all. When your child wants to do something don’t stop them. Dreams do come true.”

The star shares younger daughter Joanie with her fiance Marc Humphreys