The youngest of four children – all her siblings being much older brothers – Lauren learnt at a young age that being a gobby cow was the only way of being heard or able to cope in such a testosterone filled environment. However, underneath the lippiness, Lauren can be pretty impressionable and easily led.

When Sam first arrived at Waterloo Road Lauren hated her and her family on sight – snootily writing them off as a bunch of skags. She soon learned there’s a lot more to Sam than meets the eye and the two became firm friends. Their relationship struggled after Sambuca became obsessed with her new boyfriend but series seven saw them grow closer than ever before as Lauren helped Sam cope with the news of her terrible diagnosis.