Stacey Dooley looks unrecognisable without her striking red hair in BBC documentary she fronted ten years ago

STACEY Dooley fans have long loved the gritty presenter for her hard-hitting documentaries covering everything from stalking and convent living to ISIS.

Yet those who tuned into her early BBC shows including Border Wars, in 2012, will notice a big difference.

Stacey Dooley, seen with her vibrant red hair, looks completely different in a former documentaryCredit: Instagram

The presenter, 35, is an ambassador for Clairol

The presenter, 35, is an ambassador for ClairolCredit: Instagram

Back then, the Strictly Come Dancing star was documenting the lives of South Americans attempting to cross illegally into the USA, with her locks a dark auburn shade.

During the shows, she often wore her shoulder-length hair tied up in a bun, yet a decade on, the star has re-vamped her look completely.

Acting as an ambassador for haircare brand Clairol, Stacey now sports lively ginger locks in a choppy, cropped style.

Recently, she confessed: “8WR Golden auburn is my box colour-🍊🍊🍊

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“Also, I found out this week it’s been the best selling red for @clairol_uk_ire – U GUYZ 🥺🥺🥺.”

Her modern new look has been showcased on a series of images on her Instagram page.

They can also be seen on her recent BBC One documentary which showed her living in a convent – and breaking down at being childless at 35.

The broadcaster was forced to dig deep during her 10-day stay with the Sisters of St Hilda’s Priory Order of the Holy Paraclete in Whitby, North Yorkshire, for her new show.

Living alongside the nuns as they worked and prayed, the Strictly Come Dancing winner realises she has prioritised her career over a happy homelife with boyfriend Kevin Clifton.

In one scene of the BBC One documentary, Stacey is asked about her life priorities.

Stacey says: “I’d like to prioritise happiness. My home life.

“For the last 15 years it’s been work, work, career, work, work and then your private life is on the back burner. I’m 35 so…”

A nun called Sister Helen interjects: “If you want a family…?”

With a sad grimace, Stacey replies: “I know. I need to start thinking about it, don’t I.”

For Stacey Dooley: In The Convent, she had to follow the convent’s strict rules, including prayers at 6am, a silent breakfast, Bible study, chores and helping in a food bank.

The nuns seek God in mundane day to day tasks.

And along the way Stacey could not help but do a little soul-searching of her own.

She chats to Sister Helen, who at 56 is the youngest of the 23 women living at St Hilda’s, about their slower pace of life as they make greeting cards to sell in the community shop.

Stacey says: “The way I choose to live, I’m much more likely to burn out aren’t I, working silly hours every day, here, there, everywhere.

The programme ends with Stacey in a reflective mood as she packs her suitcase to return home to London.

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She says: “What I have learnt is there is an absolute sense of purpose and they know what they want to dedicate their lives to, and in turn I actually think they’re very fulfilled.

“There’s something to be said for trying to figure out what you want to prioritise and then just going for it.”

Stacey looked completely different in her 2012 series Border Wars

Stacey looked completely different in her 2012 series Border WarsCredit: BBC

Back then, her locks were a lot darker

Back then, her locks were a lot darkerCredit: BBC

The broadcaster was tackling the issue of illegal immigrants trying to enter the USA

The broadcaster was tackling the issue of illegal immigrants trying to enter the USACredit: BBC

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