EastEnder impresses with soul performance

Updated: 17 November 2012 13:20

EastEnders actress Shona McGarty impressed viewers of Friday night's Children in Need with a soulful singing performance.

EastEnders actress Shona McGarty impressed viewers of Friday night's Children in Need with a soulful singing performance.

The 21-year-old, who portrays Whitney Dean on the BBC soap, swapped Albert Square for the stage and, backed by a gospel choir, sang her heart out to the 1964 soul classic A Change Is Gonna Come, originally by Sam Cooke.

Watch the performance here.

Celebrities took to Twitter to share their admiration for the actress and singer, with Coronation Street's Antony Cotton and X Factor winners Little Mix both praising her performance on the social media site.

McGarty's co-star Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, urged viewers to watch the performance and added afterwards: "What a voice!!"

"We didn't know you could sing like that!" exclaimed host Nick Grimshaw when interviewing McGarty following her performance.