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Samantha Womack who is to return to EastEnders. PA

Samantha Womack who is to return to EastEnders. PA

Samantha Womack who is to return to EastEnders. PA

SAMANTHA Womack is to return to EastEnders two years after featuring in a controversial storyline that left her so stressed she needed to take a break.

The actress (inset) who plays Ronnie Mitchell will start filming again for the programme in the summer as viewers see her head back to Walford after her release from prison.

Ronnie was locked up in a plot that saw her abduct Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie Moon's (Shane Ritchie) baby Tommy, replacing him with her own baby who had died in a cot death.

The soap had almost 9,000 complaints from viewers, leading to the plot being wrapped up early, while Womack left EastEnders because of feeling exhausted.

At the time she said she did not want her children to see her final scenes in case it upset them.

"I did find the storyline very, very difficult. It was draining emotionally and physically," she said at the time.

"I worked out I'd been crying or screaming at work every day for six days a week for over two years.

"Can you imagine how exhausting and tiring that is?"

Womack said yesterday: "I am thrilled to be returning. Ronnie's reappearance in the Square is going to create havoc. I can't wait to be a Mitchell once again."

hnews@herald.ie


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