Sophie Lawrence is an English actress, singer, director and choreographer. She played the role of Diane Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as a regular cast member from 1988 to 1991, making subsequent guest appearances in 1993, 1994, 1997, 2008 and 2012. In 1991, Lawrence achieved a top 30 hit in the UK single’s chart with her cover of Donna Summer’s hit single, “Love’s Unkind”. Since 2001, she has been most active on stage in musical theatre and pantomime.
Lawrence initially trained to be a dancer, but after tearing a muscle in her groin she was forced to give it up and she turned to acting instead. She trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and during this time she secured her first acting role when she made on/off appearances in BBC’s Grange Hill.