18/10/2012 14:51 BST

Lacey Turner To Star As A Soldier In Afghanistan In BBC Drama 'Our Girl'

Lacey Turner has landed a new role as a soldier in Afghanistan.

The former 'EastEnders' actress, 24, will star as Molly Dawes in the BBC One drama, 'Our Girl'.

Molly signs up for Afghanistan after she vomits, on her 18th birthday, in the doorway of an Army recruitment office.

The one-off 90-minute drama follows Molly, a London girl and eldest of five children, who goes from working part time in a local nail bar to being a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps who is deployed in Afghanistan.

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Lacey said: "I am so excited to be a part of Our Girl, it is a beautifully written drama of one girl's journey through life. Molly is such an interesting character who shows such strength and determination. She's a girl who you cannot help but love."

Writer and creator Tony Grounds said: "This is a film about a female combatant but she is also a daughter and a sister. Every soldier is a citizen first and we explore their choices that lead them to an Army training camp and how the ensuing months will change their lives for ever."

Controller of drama production and executive producer John Yorke added: "I am delighted that Lacey Turner is returning to BBC One to play Molly Dawes, a character who is as colourful, unique and powerful as Stacey Slater was when she first arrived on the channel eight years ago."

Since leaving Albert Square in 2010, Lacey's credits have included Being Human, Bedlam and supernatural series Switch.