Inside EastEnders Clair Norris life – tanning disasters and real-life boyfriend

Clair Norris is best known as loveable EastEnders character Bernadette Taylor, who's found herself in a bit of trouble lately.

The kind-natured character is currently pregnant with Stuart and Rainie Highway's baby in a surrogacy deal she made to get extra cash for her broke family.

However, viewers are seeing Bernie become more and more concerned for the future of the unborn infant after wrongly being led to believe that former addict Rainie is back on drugs by Mick Carter.

Clair's real life couldn't be further from the dramatic one Bernadette leads, with a long-term boyfriend and glamorous nights out with friends keeping her busy in her spare time.

And the 23-year-old actress certainly looks worlds apart from her unkempt alter-ego.

EastEnders exit

Speculation was rife that Clair was leaving Eastenders when she took a recent break from filming and was absent from the set.

However, it has been reported that she will be back after a very short hiatus which ties into her current storylines.

Most recently viewers of the BBC one soap saw Bernie doubting Rainie's ability to become a mum and demanding she take a drug test.

Bernie then grew even more concerned about her when she saw her making an exchange with Albert Square new arrival and Dotty Cotton's mum Sandy Gibson.

The troubled teen is convinced what she saw was a drug deal taking place, meanwhile, Rainie is in turmoil over her drug test as she's been taking sleeping pills and is convinced she will fail.

Talking about the storyline Clair recently said to Digital Spy: "When Mick told Bernie that Rainie is using again, a mixture of emotions overcame her. She feels hurt and angry and thinks – how can this be happening to her while she's carrying Rainie's baby?

"There's a lot of confusion as to why Rainie would ever put herself in that situation and Bernie's maternal side kicks in.

"After Rainie's behaviour towards the Carters, it definitely shows a side of her that Bernie hasn't seen yet.

"She refers to the baby as 'her baby' without a second thought so there is a very strong attachment."

Love story

Clair has been dating her boyfriend Lewis Wood for just over three years. The pair celebrated their anniversary earlier this year with a trip to Cornwall.

At the time she shared a touching snap of them on Instagram and wrote: "Three years of memories and a lifetime to come.

"Thank you for being my partner in crime. I love you endlessly…"

The loved-up couple are hoping to move in together next year. Clair confirmed their plans with an Instagram post after her mum bought them a gift that unintentionally had a very special meaning for both her and Lewis.

She explained: "My mum just bought this for me and @lewisswood for when we move out next year.

"No one has touched the numbers etc (literally just been bought). I noticed it said April 2nd which is a special day for three reasons…

"It’s my anniversary, it’s Lewis’s birthday and it’s the first time I ever saw Lewis.

"Long story short… I checked the dates and I met Lewis on Monday 2nd April 2018. What are the chances? Everything happens for a reason."

Fake tan disaster

Clair admitted to an epic fake tanning disaster when she wished a friend happy birthday.

Posting a throwback photo of the pair to their school days she reminisced about when they didn't understand how tan worked.

She then confessed to applying it over and over until she looked like a tangerine.

Clair wrote: "So lucky to have met you all them years ago.

"With our dodgy fake tan that we kept applying because we didn't realise tan developed overnight and were bright orange at school the next day."

Luckily it seems Clair's learned a lot about beauty regimes and self-care since then.

Glam selfies

While we are used to seeing Bernie looking somewhat disheveled and frumpy, Clair's style is a different story.

The actress regularly posts glam selfies that are a stark contrast to the unflattering look Bernie adopts.

Clair regularly shares updates with her Instagram followers where she is unrecognisable to her on-screen persona.

The actress often wears her long hair down and in flowing silky styles and adds a touch of glamour with make-up and berry-toned lipsticks.

Fans regularly heap praise on her for her efforts.

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