LOUISA Lytton says she's just an average Islington estate girl with a lot of luck.
She's only just turned 18 but she's already played a gangster's daughter in EastEnders, been named sexiest female in the British Soap Awards 2006, and captured hearts as the darling of Strictly Come Dancing.
She's even been snapped with Arsenal footballer Freddie Ljungberg - although rumours that they're an item are apparently "absolutely untrue".
Louisa's latest role will be playing rookie cop PC Beth Green in ITV's The Bill.
But she took time out to give a lesson with Strictly Come Dancing partner Vincent Simone at St Peter and St Paul Primary School in Compton Street, Finsbury - where she used to be a pupil.
The appearance was to promote the release of Cinderella: A Twist in Time on Disney DVD.
And Louisa still lives nearby with her parents Alan and Jane on an estate near the Angel, Islington.
"I have lived there all my life," she said. "My best friends are there and I haven't changed at all - although, now I'm 18, I can start going out to bars in Oxford Street!"
"Since I left school and got into EastEnders, it's been madness," she added. "So much has happened in the space of a few years.
"I have always enjoyed acting and it's just luck that's got me where I am. But it's nice to know that even council estate girls can still get out there."
Louisa, an only child, first got into acting at Saturday classes at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, based in Goswell Road, Finsbury.
She said: "I was only about three or four. I was a baby - I don't think I made an impression." But after leaving St Peter and St Paul, Louisa headed to the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School.
"It was brilliant," Louisa said. "It was a dream come true just to go there."
It was at Sylvia Young that she auditioned for the Albert Square soap, where she played Ruby Allen.
"It was good fun," Louisa chuckled. "People stayed away from me for a while."
But her last EastEnders scenes were broadcast in November - and the following month Louisa said on ITV's Loose Women that it was not her decision to leave the soap.
But she has already started filming for The Bill and will be back on television screens in May.
She said: "My character is only a recruit and is a bit clumsy at first. But I have only just started so I don't really know myself what's going to happen."
So, as pupils at St Peter and St Paul are bound to ask, has she taken up ballroom dancing?
"I haven't had time," Louisa said. "But I think I will. Strictly Come Dancing was brilliant.
"I was training for five or six hours a day, every day, but I didn't know I'd be good. I just thought it would be a laugh. I had done bits of ballet and tap when I was younger but not ballroom."
But she must have been a little miffed not to clinch the title - losing out to cricketer Mark Ramprakash.
"Well I never went in to win but I was enjoying it so much that I was a bit upset it was over," she admitted.