Both Mitchell sisters will bow out of the soap in an explosive storyline next year.
Rita Simons has announced she’s also departing ‘Eastenders’, alongside on-screen sister Samantha Womack. Simons has played Roxy Mitchell on Albert Square since she was introduced with sister Ronnie 2007 and the pair are set to go out with a bang.
Rita Simons has confirmed she will be leaving ‘Eastenders’ along with Samantha Womack
A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: “We can confirm that Rita Simons will be leaving EastEnders. Having joined the show in 2007, Rita immediately won the hearts of the audience in the role of Roxy Mitchell and between her and Samantha Womack they created one of the most iconic duos EastEnders has ever seen."
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Womack has played Ronnie Mitchell since 2007.
The 43 year old British actress has held down the role of Ronnie Mitchell since 2007, with a brief break, and the news means that she’s set to leave Albert Square early next year, having played the character almost exactly ten years, in a reportedly explosive plot-line devised by the BBC soap’s new head Sean O’Connor.
Samantha Womack at the Pride of Britain Awards 2015
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Womack first appeared on the soap in 2007 as barmaid Ronnie Mitchell.
Samantha Womack is leaving ‘Eastenders’ after nearly a decade on the BBC soap playing Ronnie Mitchell. According to The Sun, bosses have offered the actress the chance to go out with a bang in a dramatic exit storyline early next year.
Samantha Womack is leaving ‘Eastenders’ after nearly 10 years as Ronnie Mitchell
Sources told the newspaper that the actress “jumped at the chance” to bow out of the show in a big way. “It was felt that with everything Ronnie has been through over the past nine years, it is now time to rest the character,” an insider said.
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Samantha Womack - Actress Sam Womack launched a project to create a new 400-seat theatre in Letchworth Garden City this week (22Feb16), as part of a £4million investment in the arts which also sees a gallery opening in the town later this week. Sam, whose career has made her a household name in television and theatre, lives locally and is excited at the prospect of the first major professional theatre in the town, as an addition to the Art Deco Broadway Cinema. She said: "It's really exciting to have this new theatre locally, in this lovely building. We have had many happy visits to the cinema and I look forward to the theatre coming this autumn." The theatre marks a major investment in the arts by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, who are using the revenue from their unique Garden City legacy to make the town a major centre for the Arts. Also opening in the town this Wednesday (24Feb16) is the new Broadway Gallery - with a major show by international modern art pioneer Richard Smith. Smith was born and raised in Letchworth Garden City and went on to have his work showcased at the Venice Biennale and the Tate Gallery. Colin Chatfield, Chairman of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation said: "It is great to have Sam Womack along to launch the build of our new theatre, and highlights the calibre of actors and shows we will attract when the theatre opens later this year. It's going to be an exciting year for the arts in Letchworth." Work on the theatre begins in earnest on Monday, with builders working seven days a week in order to keep the work as short as possible while allowing the cinema to remain open. During the building work the cinema will be open Monday to Friday from 4pm, and from 3pm at the weekend. Work has been carefully planned to ensure it is in keeping with the cinema's beautiful Art Deco design. Dressing rooms and a stage will be added to Screen One so it can be changed from a cinema to theatre, and back, overnight, allowing it to - Letchworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom - Monday 22nd February 2016
Samantha Zoe Womack - Samantha Womack seen at ITV Studios in London with The Pride of Britain Award BUS - London, United Kingdom - Monday 8th June 2015
A young teen with an incredible IQ and first-rate academic performance takes the wrong path in life by getting involved in drugs and petty crime. He is caught by police during one dramatic car chase but is released unexpectedly by Secret Service agent Uncle Jack. Jack sees a lot of potential in the kid and introduces him to the world of International Intelligence. Initially impressed by the gadgetry and glamour of the Service, Uncle Jack introduces him to a new division: the Kingsman. There’s a job going for the brightest young adults in the country and Jack wants his new recruit to prove himself against the upper class kids who rival him. It soon becomes clear, though, that the world of Intelligence is not just a fun game when the training starts getting intensely scary.
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