The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik looked VERY different before breakout role on beloved sitcom

BEFORE appearing on The Big Bang Theory, actress Mayim Bialik was completely unrecognisable.

Mayim is best known for her fantastic portrayal of Sheldon Cooper's wife and neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory – but how did she get where she is today?

Now 46, Mayim has managed to forge a successful career and has undergone a stunning transformation since her younger days.

Mayim entered the film business at a pretty young age and explained her passion for acting started when she participated in school plays as a child.

Her big breakout role, however, came in 1990 when she was cast as the lead character on Blossom. 

For Mayim, it was the first and last role for some years to come as she opted to put all of her time and effort into focusing on her studies.

After finishing her doctorate in neuroscience, she then became a parent – but Bialik soon after decided it was time to return to acting. 

As fate would have it, The Big Bang Theory was looking for someone to play a neuroscientist, so she decided to go for it. 

"I auditioned with five other actresses – none of whom were neuroscientists – who were really talented and many of whom I knew of," she recalled in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter. 

As a result of her stellar performances on the beloved CBS sitcom, Mayim received an Emmy nomination in 2012.

But just one month later, the actress was involved in a devastating car accident and suffered a horrific hand injury.

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Another month down the line, Mayim turned up at the Emmy Awards wearing a bedazzled cast. 

Despite going through such a traumatising event, she maintained a sense of humour and went straight back to work. 

"It's a testament to how much I love my job," she said adding that her co-star and friend Melissa Rauch – who's undergone a stunning transformation herself – was a huge help.

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