Stage star Lacey Turner?

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Lacey Turner

Lacey Turner

'EastEnders' star Lacey Turner is taking singing and elocution lessons in a bid to bag a top West End role when she leaves the BBC1 soap later this year.

Lacey Turner has dreams of taking to the stage when she leaves 'EastEnders'.

The starlet - who won Best Actress at this year's British Soap Awards - is reportedly taking singing and elocution lessons in the hope of following in the footsteps of former Albert Square resident Martine McCutcheon and bagging a top role in the West End.

A pal explained to The Sun newspaper: "Lacey wants to hit the ground running but not many lead roles would suit because she looks so young."

It has been suggested the actress - who has played the part of Stacey Branning in the popular soap for five years - would be perfect for the part of Eliza Doolittle in 'My Fair Lady'.

The insider said: "Eliza would be perfect because of the Cockney accent."

Earlier this year, Lacey announced that she would be leaving 'EastEnders' in the hope of breaking into the film industry.

She stated: "I've had the most fantastic time at 'EastEnders'. Stacey's been a brilliant role - as has being part of the feisty Slater family. I'm so lucky to have had such challenging storylines, from the affair with Max and being diagnosed as bipolar, to the shock of being revealed as Archie's killer in the live episode.

"I'll miss everyone in Albert Square, but the time has come to try something different."

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