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Annie Smith
Annie Smith
EastEnders character
Played by Zara Posener (1985–86)
Samantha Crown (1986–88)
Creator Tony Holland and Julia Smith
Duration 1985–88
Arrival 5 March 1985
Departure 26 May 1988
Profile
Date of birth December 1984

Annie Smith is a character from EastEnders, played by Zara Posener from 1985 to 1986, and by Samantha Crown from 1986 to 1988.

StorylinesEdit

Annie was the young daughter of punk Mary Smith. Her father was a member of a punk group of which Mary was a groupie, and had no contact with her. Annie arrived, along with Mary, on 5 March 1985 and initially resided with her mother at 23b Albert Square. Mary was an incredibly irresponsible mother and Annie was always getting lumbered on her neighbours when Mary grew tired of looking after her. Dot Cotton and Sue Osman were the usual victims, but almost everyone on the Square had a turn at looking after Annie at one stage. Sue Osman, in particular, grew extremely fond of Annie following the death of her son Hassan. After bottling up her grief for months, she was forced to hold little Annie, which allowed her, finally, to acknowledge her pent-up sadness. Annie was once left alone in the launderette accidentally, while Mary went drinking in The Queen Vic. Debbie Wilkins discovered her, returned her to her mother and had a few choice words for Mary. Mary also had a tendency to leave Annie home alone whilst she went out to prostitute herself at night. On one such occasion, Annie threw her blanket at the electric fan heater, causing a fire. Luckily, Arthur Fowler managed to break in and rescue her, but as a result, Annie was taken away from Mary and was put in the custody of her grandparents, Chris and Edie Smith, who lived in Stockport. With the help of Rod Norman and Carmel Jackson, Mary was eventually reunited with Annie, although it took a lot of persuading to get her back from Edie, who felt that Mary was not capable of caring for a young child. Annie spent Christmas Day 1987 in hospital after her intoxicated grandfather, Chris, abducted her, tried to drive her home to Stockport and then crashed into a wall. Luckily, Annie was unharmed. Eventually, Mary decided to leave Albert Square with Annie. They both departed in May 1988 and have not been seen since.

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