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'Loose Women' Star Lisa Maxwell Dons A Stripy Bikini On Sunshine Break Ahead Of Debut 'EastEnders' Appearance (PICS)

14/08/2013 10:01 BST | Updated 14/08/2013 10:05 BST

Lisa Maxwell is making the most of some rare time off ahead of forthcoming appearance on 'EastEnders'.

The 'Loose Women' star - who celebrates her 50th birthday later this year - showed off her fabulous figure in a striped bikini during a sunshine break to Portugal.

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The 49-year-old actress will make a one-off appearance in the the BBC soap as the girlfriend of David Wicks.

Lisa will play Naomi opposite Michael French, who is reprising his role as the womaniser.

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But despite her new acting role, Lisa - who was a regular on ITV police drama 'The Bill' - assured fans that she'll still be appearing on 'Loose Women'.

“I haven’t left loose Women. Panic over!” she tweeted.

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Lisa Maxwell Relaxes In Portugal