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Former Eastenders star Natalie Cassidy has revealed how reading erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has transformed her sex life.

Mum-of-one Natalie, who got back together with boyfriend Adam Cottrell, 32, in February, apparently sees some similarites between herself and the book's protagonist.

'After hearing so much about it from friends and colleagues, I gave in and bought a copy,' says Natalie, 29.

'And boy am I pleased.

'I was gripped from the beginning and could relate to Anastasia's journey.'

The book has supercharged Natalie's libido.

'Mr Grey and Anastasia's steamy antics are certainly an aphrodisiac,' Natalie writes in The People.

'I feel like a different woman. Now when I think of sex, it isn't a chore that I need to fit in, rush or put off.

'I haven't stopped thinking about it. Poor Adam!'

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