Ex-EastEnder Samantha Womack lands new role

First big TV job since leaving the BBC1 soap

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EastEnders legend Samantha Womack has landed her first major TV role since leaving the soap.

The actress, who played Ronnie Mitchell for a decade, will star in long-running BBC crime drama Silent Witness.

She starred as the feisty Walford businesswoman and mum until being controversially killed off on her wedding day to Jack Branning as he read a bedtime story to her children.

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Ronnie and sister Roxy drowned in a hotel swimming pool on New Year’s Day, 2017, a move which Samantha later criticised as a “short-sighted” decision.

Samantha said earlier this year: “There was a period of mourning. Rita Simons was my pretend sister for nine years.

“The Mitchell family are such a huge part of that show’s culture – Peggy (played by Barbara Windsor) had gone and then the two Mitchell sisters.

“It’s a shame to rip out the roots of such a long-serving family. It’s short-sighted.”

Her new role in Silent Witness will see the actress playing Detective Inspector Ashton, a love interest for Jack Hodgson.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Sam is set to get Jack’s heart pulsing as new character Detective Inspector Ashton in the new series. She’ll be a great addition to the show.”

Read more: Rita Simons BLASTS EastEnders for blaming Roxy for Ronnie’s death

The 45-year-old was spotted, with red dyed hair, filming scenes in London this week, alongside star Emilia Fox who plays Dr Nikki Alexander.

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Silent Witness celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and also stars David Caves, Liz Carr  and Richard Lintern.

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