Emmerdale star Fiona Wade looks unrecognisable in Grange Hill appearance 20 years ago


EMMERDALE actress Fiona Wade’s history on Grange Hill has been revealed.

The Priya Sharma star, 43, enjoyed childhood fame in the BBC drama – and an image of her starring role has now resurfaced.

Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade’s childhood TV role has been revealed
Fiona, 43, played Joanna Day in BBC kids series Grange Hill

Fiona played schoolgirl Joanna Day, clocking up 35 episodes across two years from 1996 to 1998.

The resurfaced snap shows her looking unrecognisable with a brunette bob haircut.

She sported gold hoop earrings and a jazzy black and white dress.

A total of 13 years later, she started her Emmerdale stint, with a completely different look and longer hair.


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Fiona has previously gushed over her Grange Hill role, re-posting a snap of the show cast on Twitter and posting: “Throwback 😂 So many memories..! #grangehill 💗

One fan then responded: “Beautiful Fiona!” as another put: “Ah I loved this 😁.”

The star is loved by fans of the small screen and has starred in no less than five soaps.

Her previous TV in addition to children’s drama Grange Hill include a recurring guest role of Decca Taylor in Doctors.

She played Decca in 2004 before returning to the show as Shahnaz Malick in 2009.

Sticking with medical dramas, Fiona also played Julianna McKenzie in Holby City and in 2006 she starred as Rowan Clayton in Where the Heart Is.

Three years later, in 2009, she appeared in Casualty as Rita.

Yet in 2001 she made a major soap mark with a role in Coronation Street.

Fiona played Sandeesh – a client of then-Underworld boss Carla Connor.

Before joining Emmerdale, Fiona starred in a number of stage productions including Miss Saigon, West Side Story and a production of Romeo and Juliet.

The London-born actress also appeared on ITV’s short-lived celebrity dancing show, Dance Dance Dance in January 2017.

Fiona was joined by her friend Ronnie Del Barrio, and the pair recreated routines from Dirty Dancing, will.i.am’s track That Power and Snap! song Rhythm is a Dancer.

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Fiona also did a solo routine to Rihanna’s hit track, Umbrella, but the couple were the first pair to be voted off the show in week three.

Off screen, Fiona exclusively told HOAR how she has been pressured to “hurry up” and have a family.

She has gushed over her ‘memories’ on the BBC set

London-born Fiona looks completely different now

She joined Emmerdale in 2011 and has starred in five soaps in total