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Rita Simons shares childhood throwback picture to celebrate her brother Ben's birthday

Ben is Rita's older brother

Former EastEnders star Rita Simons has shared a throwback picture of her and her brother Ben to celebrate his birthday.

The actress, who appeared on the 2018 series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! posted the childhood picture to her Instagram.

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Happy birthday big bro @borischops #NiceHairDo’s 🙈

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She captioned the post: "Happy birthday big bro @borischops #NiceHairDo's."

Happy birthday big bro!

Fans reacted to the photo.

One commented two love hearts.

Another wrote: "Pudding bowl haircut..... I remember them so well haha."

Rita played Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders (Credit: BBC)

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Last week the 42-year-old, who played Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders, shared a snap of her new hair transformation and used it as an opportunity to support the Little Princess Trust.

Little Princess Trust is a charity that provides real hair wigs for children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Rita also appeared on Lorraine earlier this year, during which she opened up about the difficulties of living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Rita appeared on Lorraine earlier this year (Credit: ITV)

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She revealed she used to perform "rituals" out of fear her friends and family would suddenly die if she didn't.

Rita said on the programme: "From the age of probably three I was a worrier.

"I used to have obsessive compulsive behaviours, but I didn't realise that's what it was until I was older.

"A lot of people with OCD have a thing they worry about. Mine was, 'Everyone is going to die'.

"I would do rituals and all sorts of things in order to stop them dying."

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