If there’s one thing we know about child soapstars, it’s this; don’t get TOO attached to them, because it won’t be too long before they’re swapped in for a new actor.
Saying that, however, it is tricky not to fall in love with these little tykes over time.
And, if you’re anything like us, you’re probably desperate to see them now that they’re all grown up away from the cameras, right?
We thought as much.
We’ve rounded up the child stars of soap years gone by - from EastEnders, to Emmerdale, to Coronation Street - and given you a wee snapshot into their lives now.
Are you ready for this?
Tiffany Butcher - Maisie Smith
Tiffany Butcher was cute as a button when she first arrived on EastEnders, with a streak of mischief that any smart Walford resident could spot a mile off. Nowadays the talented Maisie Smith looks VERY grown up (we want her hair!), and is still very keen to pursue an acting career. Speaking about what she learned from her role on the soap, she said: "Perhaps my most useful lesson has been that while this is an amazing experience, whether you are famous or not, directors can be quite strict, so you must listen all the time and be punctual....Working to such a tight schedule can also mean very long days and I do get tired – but I still can't wait to go back in the next time."