She recently shared sentimental images from her childhood on social media.
And Martine McCutcheon shared a rare glimpse of her beloved brother LJ as she celebrated his 30th birthday in a sweet Instagram post on Wednesday.
The actress and TV personality, 45, posted a collection of photos with her special needs brother on his 30th birthday, praising him for being “determined to live a normal life” despite his “struggle.”
Family: Martine McCutcheon, 45, shared a rare glimpse of her beloved brother LJ as she celebrated his 30th birthday in a sweet Instagram post on Wednesday
The former Eastenders star looked stunning in a pink, green and blue floral summer dress as she posed for the snaps with her family in the garden with her family.
She wore elegant gold bracelets and her raven locks framed her face.
Her brother LJ looked smart in a white shirt and navy blue chino shorts, shielding his eyes from the sun with black sunglasses.
The doting sister proudly wrapped her arm around her younger brother before snapping onto a picnic blanket covered in white and turquoise balloons.
Sweet: The actress and TV personality posted a collection of images featuring her brother, who has special needs, on his 30th birthday
Alongside the sweet snap, she wrote: ‘Happy 30th birthday to my little (big) brother LJ! I am so proud of all you have accomplished and who you have become – against all odds.
“You came into my world when I was 15 and I adored you from the moment I first held you.”
“You’ve struggled with your special needs at times and you’ve had your struggles, but you’ve always been determined to live a normal life, have a good job, fall in love and get married….
‘The things that come so naturally were your biggest dreams and now it’s all coming true for you!
‘I am so happy for you! Enjoy your day with Jay and Happy Birthday Darling, on to your best year yet!’
Beautiful: Alongside the sweet photo, Martin wrote a long caption praising her brother for being “determined to live a normal life” despite his struggles
Love Actually: It comes after Martine shared a collection of throwback snaps on social media to mark her 45th birthday, including one with her Love Actually colleague Colin Firth
Martine’s latest post comes weeks after she celebrated her own 45th birthday in May, marking the occasion with a slew of throwback snaps.
As part of her birthday celebrations, Love actually actress shared some classic photos on her Instagram.
Among the photos were two photos of herself as a young girl, taken by her relatives, while another showed her as a teenager along with some of her friends.
Martine’s Love Actually co-star Colin Firth was also featured in the collection of images, seen hugging Martine on the set of the film.
Young star: Martine shared a series of throwback snaps as she celebrated her 45th birthday – telling fans she’s always dreamed big
Camera shy: In one photo, Martine was seen as a little baby, struggling to look anywhere but the camera
Martine wrote alongside the images: ‘So, as many of you may know, it was my birthday yesterday! I had such a great time that on May 14 I didn’t get the time or chance to post on insta! (Tomorrow I will share more photos)
“A lot has happened in 45 years. I couldn’t possibly begin to fit it all in! I could say I didn’t dream of some things that happened to me, but to be honest I’ve always dreamed big and felt that I was destined to do certain things….
‘Even if it all started selling dodgy perfumes with my mother at the East End car boot sale! I owe it to my mom for always going for it and believing I had a chance to do better things – Thanks @tomlin.jenny
‘I started my ballroom lessons on Mare Street in Hackney and then fell in love with ballet dancing – I started doing advertising and over the years became successful in TV, theatre, music and film – I always felt that my goal was to an inspiration in one way or another… Make people feel good or like they can be someone – I hope that happened and I’ve inspired some of you along the way.
Friendship: In another of the uploaded images, Martine posed with two of her friends during her younger years
“I met and fell in love most of all with the love of my life @jackmcmanus1 and finally after years of misfortune I became a mother. I knew in my heart that it would complete me and it did. Rafferty, I couldn’t love you anymore. You are the light in my life.
‘Life has certainly been a roller coaster – certainly not boring! There has certainly been a lot of laughter and crying, but that’s what brings us to life and we live and learn… I truly believe we are all here to learn our own unique lessons for spiritual growth. I am so thankful for what and who I have in my life right now. I am proud of the woman I have worked to become and I am so happy to say that I am the most satisfied and complete I have ever been.
“Life isn’t always easy, but hold on and keep smiling, for you never know what tomorrow may bring, as my hero Scarlett O Hara says, ‘Tomorrow is another day! . Thanks for all the amazing flowers, gifts, cards and messages – I’m super happy with them.
“Thank you for sharing my journey and for your unconditional support. I send you 45 years of love! MM x #belatedbirthdaypost #stillcelebrating #whatalife #couldntmakeitup #happy #whoop.’
Fun: Martine also posed with her husband Jack Mcmanus when they celebrated their engagement in the early 2000s
Family: A photo taken when her son Rafferty was very young was the last image in the photo collection