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I was in EastEnders' most controversial storyline with my brother… he became a huge star but I love my normal job | The Sun
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THEY might have pitched up on Albert Square in an ice cream van, but the Miller family was anything but vanilla.
The fivesome and their dog Ghengis, who arrived in 2004, became embroiled in some of EastEnders' most controversial storylines.
The most memorable was arguably the teenage pregnancy plot, which saw Demi Miller – played by Shana Swash – give birth aged just 11.
Demi then ran away with her boyfriend Leo Taylor and both became heroin addicts, before Leo took his own life in a Romeo and Juliet-style overdose.
Shana's time on the soap came to an end in 2006 when her character moved to the Cotswolds with on-screen mum Rosie – despite the public launching a petition to keep them both in Walford.
But for her real-life brother Joe Swash, it was just the beginning of a blossoming career that exploded after he was crowned I’m A Celebrity’s King Of The Jungle in 2008.
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While Shana is still acting – having had roles on Doctors, Top Boy and My Feral Heart, which bagged her a British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actress nomination – and stars in an upcoming film, she also has a more 'normal' job.
The 32-year-old tells us she runs a pop-up coffee shop from a trailer in Islington, north London – and is "loving every minute of it".
She says: “I really fell in love with coffee and lockdown gave me the push to get out of my comfort zone and start my own business.
“Honestly, I’ve loved every minute of it. There’s only me, I run it full-time on a day-to-day basis and am your local barista in a park near to where I grew up.
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