Coronation Street star Tracey Shaw looked unrecognisable as she showed off a new look on social media, 18 years on from the murder of her character Maxine in the ITV soap.

Tracey played hairdresser Maxine Peacock from 1995-2003 before the character was murdered by serial killer Richard Hillman.

He had originally intended on killing Emily Bishop, but after Maxine caught him breaking into her house to carry out his evil plot, Richard murdered her instead – leaving her husband Ashley devastated.

Nearly 18 years on and Tracey has now shown off a glamorous new look, which is a far cry away from the casually dressed Maxine.

In a selfie shared on Instagram, Tracy looked stunning in a vintage blue velvet fascinator, which complimented her gorgeous blonde hair that was curled up in a 1930s hairstyle.

The fascinator also matched her blue and purple velvet dress.

Her dazzling look was complemented with a bold red lipstick and a pearl necklace, adding a touch of high fashion glamour to the outfit.

Tracey's new look was part of her role as Annabelle in the 1939 comedy-mystery film show, The Cat and the Canary, which the former soap star has recently appeared in at the Grand Theatre Leeds.

She took the selfie behind the scenes, as her time with the production was coming to an end, saying in the caption: "Last 2 shows playing Annabelle West at the grand theatre Leeds. We started this play before we’d even heard of Covid, on our second leg of the tour.

"Three lateral tests a week for Covid we’ve been able to open many theatres, and hopefully entertained our audiences with an amazing cast!

"I feel very emotional to say goodbye today to a wonderful part…"

The theatre production is one of the many roles that Tracey has had since leaving Coronation Street in 2003.

Talking on the ITV daytime programme Loose Women, Tracey explained that she took time out to be with her children, saying: "It was a huge pressure just because of the viewing figures [of Coronation street].

"When I had Louie, I used to take him out for a walk with Angela [Griffin] with the pushchairs and it just didn’t feel right to have photographers take pictures of the boys and they haven’t got a choice in this.

"I took some time out just because it all got a little bit too much for me and I needed to respect that my kids were going to be brought up in the world I was living in and I felt really uncomfortable about that."

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