Outnumbered star Ramona Marquez ‘lights joint on Instagram’ and shocks fans

FORMER child star Ramona Marquez will shock Outnumbered fans – as she appears to light a joint on Instagram.

The actress – who played angel-faced Karen, the youngest of the Brockman family, in the hit BBC sitcom – looks bleary-eyed as she sparks up in the social media snap.

Clutching the suspicious-looking smoke, Ramona leans towards the flame with a little smile on her face in what looks like a bedroom.

Ramona, who turned 18 last Sunday (Feb 24), looks a far cry from her days in the childhood role when she sported blonde curly locks and a mischievous twinkle in her eye.

The picture, in which she has her dark hair tied up in plaits, was posted on the picture-sharing site by a pal in celebration of her 18th birthday.

Meanwhile, on her own Instagram profile, Ramona posted a picture of herself getting a tattoo on her left arm.

She wrote: “Thanks for all the lovely messages about my tattoo, lov u all.”

Ramona, who has posted more than 2,500 pictures on Instagram, has also uploaded pics of herself enjoying nights out with pals – along with nostalgic snaps of herself as a child.

In one recent post she revealed she was dating an 18-year-old called Olly, and shared a picture of them enjoying a meal at a London restaurant for his birthday.

She wrote: “I love you so much. I’m so proud to be your girlfriend.”

A pal, who did not want to be named, said: “Ramona is a really lovely girl, everyone likes her. She’s got loads of friends.

“She’s very sweet but she also likes to party. She knows how to have a good time.”

Ramona’s father is actor Martin Marquez, who played barman Gino Primirola in TV comedy Hotel Babylon. Her brother Raoul Marquez appeared with her in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Appearing on Pointless Celebrities last year, Outnumbered co-star Tyger Drew-Honey, 22, who played Ramona’s on-screen brother Jake, teased that there would be another episode of the hit series.

He said: “[Show creator] Andy Hamilton has mentioned a few times that he’d love to, every couple of years, or every year, do some sort of Outnumbered special because we hope that everyone would still be interested in finding out how we’re all getting on.”

Viewers last watched the family in the 2016 Christmas special and couldn’t believe how much they had grown.

Last year, Outnumbered fans were shocked to learn Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner, who played married parents-of-three Sue and Pete on the show, are now together in real life after splitting from their previous partners.

There were five series of Outnumbered between 2007 and 2014. The script was partly improvised and it won a string of awards, including a Royal Television Society Award and three British Comedy Awards.

Ramona’s agent has been contacted for comment.