She is known to millions as ginger-haired chatterbox Spuggie from Byker Grove. But what is LyndyAnn Barras doing now?
When Byker Grove took over Benwell Tower in 1989, nobody knew just how successful its cast members would become.
One young girl, with her slight frame and long, curly red hair, quickly became the best known character.
Spuggie, real name LyndyAnn Barras, is instantly recognisable to millions of people who grew up with the enduring BBC children's drama.
Such was Spuggie's appeal, that her character has remained ingrained on the collective memories of long since grown-up Byker Grove fans.
Many may find themselves wondering what happened to that mostly shy, but sometimes outspoken and feisty Geordie lass.
Now 28 and living in Middle Herrington, Sunderland, Spuggie is a mum to three-year-old Joseph, a source of endless energy. LyndyAnn calls him `hyperboy'.
She loves her new life as a mother, despite it being a step away from what she expected.
"Being a mum is a lot different to what I had imagined," she says.
"Up until Joseph was about 18-months-old, I was always covered in baby sick and food, but he was otherwise a perfect baby.
"Now he's really active and has loads of energy. It can be hard work because he's really hyper."
As if to confirm this, Joseph clambers up on to the kitchen work surface and says: "I'm a little monkey."
He goes to a private nursery in Sunderland which gives LyndyAnn some time to herself.
"My mum says he takes after me when I was little. According to her, I was a little terror, too," LyndyAnn remarks with a laugh.
"Joseph gets up at 6am and goes right through until 7pm. He has his set routine so we keep it like that, otherwise it's confusing to him.
"I'm strict with him. It's the best way to be. My mum was strict with me and it did me the world of good.
"We've got a dog called Jed, he's a border collie and Joseph loves him
LyndyAnn breaks off the sentence to attend to Joseph's potty requirements. "Sorry about that," she says with a wry smile.
After her long stint at Byker Grove, LyndyAnn did a number of jobs, starting off with pantomime. "I played the fairy princess at the Sunderland Empire - that was loads of fun.
"There were two or three Tyne Tees drama productions that I was involved in. King Leek was a show about two northern families and Speed, the Resurrection Man and Harry were all one-off dramas I did. I went back into education and studied performing arts at Sunderland College.
"After a year-and-a-half, I left because I wasn't allowed to flourish as much as I wanted. There was also a lot of jealousy and I was victimised a bit by some of my fellow students."
She also worked in Fenwick's, Newcastle, as the assistant manager for a clothing brand before moving on to a designer boutique on Gosforth High Street for two-and-a-half years.
After that LyndyAnn was in a girl band called Angel. She smiles as she recalls the fun she had with her three band mates.
"We did a couple of gigs around the North-East. I loved being in Angel. The singing and performing in particular. I really enjoyed it.
"We recorded a couple of studio tracks in London and produced a demo CD.
"I remember the names of two of the songs, one was called Glamorous Girlfriend and the other Bachelor Girls.
"We split up in the end because a producer said that two of us should try for a better career on our own.
"That was about three or four years ago. Since then all the showbusiness stuff has stopped."
And for good reason. Nearly five years ago, on November 29, 1999, LyndyAnn married Allan in Cancun, Mexico.
"The reception was at a hotel on the beautiful seafront. We spent two weeks there in a mini Mexican village."
She met Allan, 34, at a nightclub. He works for a specialist car company in Sunderland.
"We met in either Diva or Liquid in Sunderland, which is where we normally go out," LyndyAnn explains.
"He was a friend of a friend and we were introduced. I liked the look of him and once I got my claws in, I wasn't going to let go.
"Four of us went on a double date two weeks later. It went really well then a few days later, the day after Valentine's day, he rang up and asked me out for a meal.
"We went to an Italian restaurant and he ordered all the same food as me.
"It was really sweet, and we've been together ever since."
While LyndyAnn now works part-time in a call centre, the family is busy improving and feathering its nest.
When she turned 16, the wages from Byker Grove shot up and she has just finished spending the last of that money on completely redecorating her home. It looks stylish, the chocolate, coffee and toffee colours blending well with the cream carpet.
"I've been here since February and I love it. We're having a new porch built and we're putting new doors inside.
"I'm the ultimate Stepford Wife. My kitchen and bathroom are my favourite places and I have to keep them tidy and neat."
It is a common misconception that LyndyAnn is from Newcastle. In fact she's always lived in Sunderland.
"People recognise me on the street quite often. They ask me if I was that girl in Byker Grove and are normally nice to me and say kind things.
"But it's not always the case. I was beaten up in Sunderland town centre about three years ago outside a pub.
"I was in a phone box trying to call home and three girls shouted at me and hit me in the face.
"It was out of the ordinary, though. I normally get a good reaction."
Saturday night television is currently a testament to Byker Grove's golden touch.
While Ant and Dec occupy one channel with the riotous Saturday Night Takeaway, Jill Halfpenny, who started out on the Grove as Nicola Dobson, saunters across Strictly Come Dancing's floor on another.
LyndyAnn still sees Jill and Nicola Bell, who was Debbie Dobson, as well as Michelle Taylor, who played Charley in the first series.
"Nicola and Michelle both have kids, too, so I often meet with them. I still see Ant and Dec from time to time."
Asked to name her favourite of the two cheeky Geordie chappies, LyndyAnn is understandably coy. "I like both of them equally, but I've always been close to Declan.
"I also see John Jefferson from time to time. He played my brother Fraser Campbell," she adds.
"I saw Caspar Berry, who played Gill, about a year ago when I went for a film audition.
"He was filming people there. We all meet up and go out for a drink and get drunk together - I'm a white wine or vodka girl and I like Baileys, but I don't like champagne.
"We'll often go to the quayside when we're out in Newcastle."
As she nears 30, LyndyAnn is looking forward to what she can do with the rest of her life - and hasn't given up on making it big as an adult in the world of entertainment.
"Being a child star is more of a hindrance now that I'm trying to find work as an adult. I was so successful as Spuggie that it's hard to be taken seriously now.
"But I'm thankful for Spuggie, she gave me the confidence to be myself.
"I was sheltered from the outside world. There were lots of parties and we were driven around by a chauffeur, but I had to grow up quickly. I had to learn how to deal with money. I had to work properly and professionally when all I wanted to do was mess around on set.
"I'll soon be 30, so rather than start trying for another baby just yet, I'm going to go away with my girlfriends to Marbella or Cyprus for a proper girly holiday.
"I'm also doing the Great North Run next year. It looks a long way but it should be fun."
LyndyAnn plans to raise money from the run for the Children's Hope Foundation, a charity which she champions.
"I'm looking forward to the Little Angels Christmas Ball which I'm going to for the Children's Hope Foundation.
"I'm definitely going to buy a new dress for the night, with matching shoes and handbag, of course."
She will no doubt look great. She's been training in the gym for the last six months, getting back her figure after giving birth.
"I swim and run and do weights and sit-ups. I'm also careful about what I eat, but I don't starve myself.
"After the pregnancy, I did a Weight Watcher's diet and I steer clear of red meat, but I do eat chicken and lots of vegetables.
"Cooking is a favourite of mine and I'd love to do a food programme.
"I cook all sorts but my favourite is Bejan chicken with salads and rice. I love macaroni pie and pickled cucumber, too.
"Drama is my real passion so I'd be really happy to do more acting, but at the same time I'd love to do a design programme or a soap.
"I'm terrified of bugs but I'd definitely do I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! It would be good therapy for me to face some of my fears.
"I rang the X Factor when it was up in the North doing auditions.
"I didn't get through so it came to nothing, but I might give it a go next year.
"I love Sharon Osbourne and I'd like to meet Simon Cowell. I think he's probably a nice person, that's just a facade he puts up. He's just a big pussy cat really."