Britain's Got Talent’s rarely seen child star Hollie Steel is now 23 and unrecognisable 12 years after appearing on show

BRITAIN'S Got Talent star Hollie Steel is unrecognisable 12 years on from her sixth place finish on the ITV show.

The 23-year-old singer impressed Simon Cowell on her way to the 2009 final in which she sang Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from Phantom of the Opera.

After the show Hollie self-released three albums and in 2011 landed the role of Louisa von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber's UK tour of The Sound of Music.

The performer graduated from a London college in 2017 with a diploma in musical theatre and wasted no time putting it to good use.

Hollie is currently starring as Frenchy in a production of Grease on board the luxury cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.

It follows a successful run as the much-loved character before the pandemic.

Last month Hollie wrote on Instagram: "Eeek jetting off tomorrow for 10 months to my favourite place, Harmony of the Seas. I’ll be playing Frenchy – she’s back! & better than ever 🤍💅🏻.

"Honestly couldn’t have imagined I’d have the opportunity to ever go back and I can’t thank Royal Caribbean enough.

"Ask for the things you want and the universe will help you! (Literally)
Our industry has been badly hit by this pandemic and whether your grinding away or have decided to go in other directions. I know that feeling all to well.

"I realise how lucky I am to have this opportunity to go back to the stage. I’ll try my best to not take a moment for granted.
Cannot wait to see everyone shine doing the things they love, soon⭐️."

Hollie travelled the world before Covid brought global movement to a halt.

Her Instagram features beautiful sunny snaps from the likes of Haiti, Miami and the Virgin Islands.

And fans of Hollie's powerful voice can listen to her cover versions on the social media site, the latest of which came as she sailed past active volcano Stromboli in Italy.

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