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Danniella Westbrook’s changing face timeline – from Eastenders teen star to results of surgery for ‘rotting’ bones

THERE’S no denying Danniella Westbrook’s face has changed since she shot to fame in EastEnders in 1990.

After years of cocaine abuse and botched surgery, the actress - who played Sam Mitchell on the BBC soap - is almost unrecognisable from the fresh-faced younger sister of Grant and Phil Mitchell.

Danniella, who turns 48 next week, has spent the last year getting lip filler and Botox, as well as surgery on her face.

And she looked unrecognisable when she showed off the results of her newly-smoothed visage this week.

The mother-of-two looked like she'd rolled back the years as she posed with a friend on a night out in Liverpool.

She captioned the post: "What a beautiful night.

"A long overdue catch-up lots of laughter and just good old fashioned friendship and fun. @rymi1 as always memories made #friends #MyBestie&urBestieSittingByTheFire #ifyaknowyaknow#muchlove."

In May, Danniella completed the first stage of surgery to rebuild her face. 

She said at the time: “Stage one of the four-part journey of reconstructive surgery to rebuild my face and finally stop all the hate.”

She was forced to have her jaw rebuilt after the bones started “rotting away,” due to osteoporosis from the amount of cocaine she’s consumed.

In a 2018 interview, she told how her left cheekbone was “wasting” away and she’s been left with screws instead of teeth, which cut her tongue as she spoke.

Danniella’s confessed some days she would wake up and the left side of her face was completely “sunken”. 

Other days her cheek would swell up in agony as her bones were “decaying” and “weakened”.

“I just don’t look like myself any more,” Danniella said. “Obviously I’m going to age a lot faster anyway because of the drugs but I didn’t need this as well.”

A pal close to Danniella revealed how important her upcoming facial surgery is for her.

They said: “This is an incredibly important process for Danniella. It is more than just an operation.

"It is the start of a major new chapter in her life. 

“She receives a lot of her hate on social media and is hoping this operation will correct many of the problems.”

Here's a look back at her changing face over the years...








February 2016

June 2016

May 2017

August 2017


March 2021

May 2021

July 2021

Danniella Westbrook shows off her slim stomach after lunch and the gym