Emma Bunton finds it "funny" she used to be cast in "evil" roles during her early acting days - including as a mugger in 'EastEnders'.

Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton

The Spice Girls singer appeared in the BBC One soap in 1992, and she also starred in a Harold Pinter play where she had to "attack somebody".

She told Metro newspaper: "It was funny because I was at Sylvia Young Theatre School and doing lots of acting work, but they always cast me as someone evil.

"I did a Harold Pinter play where I had to attack somebody, then I was a teenage mugger on 'EastEnders'."

The 45-year-old star previously revealed she got down to the final audition to play EastEnders' Bianca Jackson, but she lost out to Patsy Palmer.

Speaking in 2013, she said: "When I was 17 I was up for the part. I loved the show and thought it was perfect for me.

"I got right down to the final auditions and then was rejected. It was really upsetting."

But the rejection turned out to be fate, as Emma auditioned for the Spice Girls the next week.

She added: "I learned an important lesson being at stage school. You don't get everything you want, but sometimes it's for a reason.

"The very next week after failing that audition I met the guys who put together the Spice Girls."

Emma went to school with current 'EastEnders' star Kellie Bright (Linda Carter), and she thought it was "brilliant" when the character dressed up as Baby Spice for a scene in 2019.

She said: "The funny thing is, Kellie Bright, I went to school with her.

"She text me going, 'Have you seen this?' This is a day at work for me.

"Isn't that brilliant. It's so good."