Rita Simons slams rumours she’s “desperate” for EastEnders return

Soap favourite was gutted when Roxy Mitchell was killed off

Narked ex EastEnders actress Rita Simons has had just about enough of speculation suggesting she is craving for a soap comeback.

The 41-year-old star – who played Roxy Mitchell for 10 years until her character was controversially bumped off – took to Twitter to deny she was “desperate” to return to Twitter, letting fans know she is quite content with her current projects.

And although she admitted to not having “made peace” with being axed from the BBC soap in June, Rita denied being “bitter” over the widely-criticised storyline which saw Roxy and her on screen sister drown after Ronnie’s wedding to Jack Branning.

“I wish they hadn’t killed us off,” she told the Daily Star Sunday.

There’s rarely a happy ever after in ‘Enders (Credit: BBC)

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She added: “Both Sam and I were gutted. That decision was made by one person and we had no choice in the matter.”

Rita told her near 400,000 Twitter followers yesterday: “If I read one more headline saying I’m ‘desperate’ to come back to enders…well I won’t do much to be fair.

“For the record I LOVED my time there but I’m SUPER happy working on other things! As you were.”

The award-winning soap favourite later thanked fans for their supportive responses on behalf of herself and pal Samantha Womack, who played Ronnie.

Rita is touched by fan support for her and Sam (Credit: BBC)

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“Honestly we are both having the best time but touching to know we are still missed,” she tweeted.

Since leaving the soap, Rita has starred in a UK tour of Legally Blonde The Musical with former X factor star Lucie Jones.

She has also appeared on the big screen in The Krays: Dead Man Walking alongside fellow ‘Enders star Leslie Grantham and The Bill legend Christopher Ellison.

Miss you Rita!

– EastEnders airs on BBC One on Mondays (8pm), Tuesdays (7.30pm), Thursdays (7.30pm) and Fridays (8pm)

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