Grange Hill's Claire Scott actress Paula-Ann Bland is unrecognisable after quitting showbiz for good

GRANGE Hill graced our screens for the first time over four decades ago – but still remains one of the BBC’s most beloved series of all time.

The hit drama – set at a comprehensive school – covered major issues from drug use, teen pregnancy, HIV, knife crime, mental health and sexual assault.

As a result, the show's characters quickly became some of the most recognisable faces on TV, but that was 42 years ago. 

One iconic character came in the shape and size of Claire Scott – played by Paula-Ann Bland – who was the child of overprotective parents.

Paula, now 52, looks completely unrecognisable these days since appearing as a fresh-faced ten-year-old on the show.

After Grange Hill, the mother-of-two continued her acting career and portrayed Kelly Brice in Only Fools and Horses, as well as Sylvie in Vanity Fair.

However, the actress soon left her drama career behind as she opened up a shoe store in Chelsea and Knightsbridge called Paola.

Later on, she opened her own PR company in both London and Los Angeles.

Despite finding enormous success, Paula’s life was thrown upside down after she found out she had stage three triple-negative breast cancer in 2018.

In an interview in the Sunday Express at the time, Paula revealed: “When you hear the word cancer, you can't hear anything else, everything else becomes just white noise.”

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The actress also lost part of her breast during her procedure.

She added: "I understand it had to be done to save my life and this is better than the worst scenario of a double mastectomy and removal of the ovaries.

“But the procedure still leaves you without an important part of your identity as a woman.”

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