Martine McCutcheon shares a series of throwback snaps as she celebrates her 45th birthday

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Martine McCutcheon shares a series of adorable childhood photos as she celebrates her 45th birthday – and tells fans she’s always ‘dreamed big’

As part of her 45th birthday, Martine McCutcheon has shared a number of throwback photos on her social media.

The actress and TV personality took to Instagram on Saturday to upload the variety of adorable images for her followers.

Among the images were two snapshots of herself as a young girl, taken by her relatives.

Young star: Birthday girl: Martine McCutcheon shared a string of throwback snaps on Saturday as she celebrated her 45th birthday – telling fans she’d always dreamed big

Another photo showed her as a teenager with some of her friends.

Martine’s Love Actually co-star Colin Firth was also featured in the image collection, seen hugging Martine while on the set of the film.

Martine wrote alongside the images: ‘So, as many of you may know – it was my birthday yesterday! I had such a great time that I didn’t get the time or opportunity to post on insta on May 14! (I’ll share more photos tomorrow)

‘A lot has happened in 45 years. I couldn’t possibly begin to fit it all in! I could say I wasn’t dreaming about some of the things that happened to me, but to be honest I have always dreamed big and felt like I was destined to do certain things …

Friendship: One of the other images uploaded featured Martine posing next to two of her friends in her early years

Friendship: One of the other images uploaded featured Martine posing next to two of her friends in her early years

Camera Shy: In one photo, Martine was seen as a tiny baby struggling to look anywhere other than the camera

Camera Shy: In one photo, Martine was seen as a tiny baby struggling to look anywhere other than the camera

Nice: Martine could also be seen posing with husband Jack Mcmanus when they celebrated their engagement in the early 2000s

Nice: Martine could also be seen posing with husband Jack Mcmanus when they celebrated their engagement in the early 2000s

‘Even if it all started with my mom selling dodgy perfumes selling trunks in the East End! I have to thank my mom for always going for it and believing I had the chance to do better things – Thank you @ tomlin.jenny

‘I started my ballroom lessons on Mare Street in Hackney and then fell in love with ballet dancing – I started making advertisements and became successful in TV, theater, music and film over the years – I always felt like my intention was to an inspiration in some way … Make people feel good or that they can be someone – I hope that’s happened and I’ve inspired some of you along the way.

‘I mostly met and fell in love with the love of my life @ jackmcmanus1 and eventually became a mother after years of adversity. I knew in my heart 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 rollercoaster, certainly not boring! There has certainly been a lot of laughter and tears, 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 grateful for what and who I have in my life 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 hang on and keep smiling because you never know what tomorrow will bring, because my hero Scarlett O Hara says,” Tomorrow is another day! ” . Thank you for all the great flowers, gifts, cards and messages – I am really happy with all of them.

Thank you for sharing my journey and for your unconditional support I am sending you 45 years of love! MM x #belatedbirthdaypost #stillcelebrating #whatalife #couldntmakeitup #happy #whoop. ‘

It comes after Martine said she feels much sexier now than ever when she was younger.

Love Actually: Her co-star in the hit Christmas movie, Colin Firth, was also featured in the photomontage

Love Actually: Her co-star in the hit Christmas movie, Colin Firth, was also featured in the photomontage

The actress revealed that she is a more fulfilled and confident person now that she is older than when she started her career 20 years ago.

She said that ‘genuine confidence’ took her time and says she looks up to older actresses like Jennifer Lopez and Helen Mirren who still have successful careers.

She spoke last month, she said The sun: ‘I feel so much more fulfilled, confident and sexy than I ever did when I was in my 20s.

The amazing thing is to look at people like Jennifer Lopez and Helen Mirren, who are getting older and yet have strong careers. They have this inner glow.

‘People always thought I was really confident, but it was a good deed. Real trust took me time. ‘

Family: A snapshot when her son Rafferty was very young was the last image to be included in the photo collection

Family: A snapshot when her son Rafferty was very young was the last image to be included in the photo collection

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