The BAFTA Award-winning Misfits star reportedly suffered a career slump following her conviction for racially abusing a taxi driver in 2011, and she was plunged into financial turmoil.

Socha is now taking steps to address her debts. She filed for bankruptcy in July (15) and the order was granted on 2 September (15).

A spokesperson for the actress tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Lauren declared herself bankrupt after taking advice from the relevant people. It will help her readjust her finances for the next 12 months."

Socha won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for best supporting actress in 2011. She is set to appear in comedy TV show Catastrophe and upcoming movie Strangeways Here We Come.