Ex-EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook has spoken candidly about her role on the soap being recast with a different actress.
The soap star, 47, appeared in the BBC series as Samantha Mitchell, the on-screen daughter of the late Barbara Windsor, who made her debut in 1990 at the age of 16.
She left three years later, but returned in 1996; However, her time was cut short when her off-screen behavior – struggling with drug abuse – was fired.
Replaced: ex-EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook has spoken candidly about her role as Samantha Mitchell in the soap who is recast with another actress
She returned soon after, but was dropped again in 2000 after further disruptive behavior, admitting that she had wasted £ 100,000 on cocaine at the time.
The role was recast between 2002 and 2005 and played by Kim Medcalf.
Talk about this on podcast Soap from the box On Sunday, Danniella revealed what happened at the time during discussions with EastEnders bosses
“I said,” Listen, I just can’t! ” They said, “Look, given your track record, we can’t really ask you back, so we’re already rewriting!” ‘She said. “I said,” Well, I couldn’t! “
Replacement: The role was recast and played by Kim Medcalf between 2002 and 2005
“They said,” Well, that’s a blessing because we were afraid to make the call. We’re not offering it to you because you’ve been so sick the last few times you came back. We’ll take care of it. your safety first. What do you think? “
“I said,” You know what? You just took the decision out of my hands and I feel I can put that to bed. Maybe someday, if something ever happens, I hope we can all sit down and have dinner and have have a good time about it, and look at the great memories! ”
Danniella had also recently had a baby at the time.
However, she returned to the role and made a comeback in 2009 to 2010.
Before: Danniella has had a public battle with substance abuse and struggled to get an acting job since her turbulent time while working on the BBC soap as Samantha Mitchell, on-screen daughter of the late Barbara Windsor
At the same time she met her replacement, Kim, for the first time while they both attended the TRIC Awards in London.
‘I had never seen it before [Kim] before that, so I went up to her on the red carpet and I said, “Kim, I just wanted to say you were well done from the side. I know you got a lot of backlash and everything to intervene, but you’ve got fantastic work done.
“You are a very talented actress and thank you for keeping Sam alive, keeping her going!” She was a little surprised and said, “Thank you very much.”
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‘EastEnders runs so fast, so if you don’t go to bed soon, you’re out. [Kim was] used to doing theater, she’s used to picking things up quickly and turning around so she ran off the ground and did a great job. ‘
Diederick Santer, executive producer of EastEnders in 2009, asked Danniella to return. Kim had left the soap in 2005.
‘All due respect to the powers that be at the BBC for letting me leave and get better for 14 years,’ Danniella added. ‘But Diederick wanted it to be me, and once I turned out to be healthy enough long enough, I came back. I got to reshape Sam and bring her back. ‘
She was back in 2016 for the on-screen storyline surrounding mother Peggy Mitchell’s death, which must date her last performance.