Former EastEnders star Melissa Suffield announces engagement

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From Digital Spy

Congratulations are in order for former EastEnders actress Melissa Suffield, as the star has announced that she's engaged.

The actress played Lucy Beale on the BBC soap between 2004 and 2010, and has now taken to social media to share a big update on her life.

Melissa revealed she's engaged to cruise director boyfriend Robert Brendan on Instagram with a loved-up snap of the pair together.

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"#ISaidYaass @mrrobertbrendan," she said in the caption, with hashtags including "couple goals" and "future".

The post also included a picture of her hand with the new sparkling engagement ring on it.

Suffield appeared as Lucy for six years on the show, but was axed in 2010. The role was then played by Hetti Bywater between 2012 and 2015 when the character was murdered by her brother in a big whodunnit storyline.

Speaking in 2013, Suffield revealed that she was bullied during her time on the show, saying: "I was relentlessly bullied by a group of girls – it was systematic, grim and really nasty.

"I was spat at and got chased home also. God knows what would have happened if they had caught up with me. It was so alien and strange and I tried to put on a brave face – I didn't know how to deal with it."

She also revealed she didn't alert EastEnders bosses, and the show said at the time: "Had Melissa reported these [bullying] incidents she would have had the full support of EastEnders. As she is fully aware, there are systems and procedures in place."

EastEnders airs on BBC One.

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