Former ‘EastEnders’ cast member Danniella Westbrook [Samantha Mitchell] let fans know she spent the better part of a day catching up on the British drama. Danniella took to social media to comment on the current storyline as well as former co-stars acting abilities.
“Catching up on @bbceastenders superb acting but who the hell decided to write a bus in2it! Over 20 years not 1 bus! U can nearly fit a car.”
Danniella went on to explain about the writing, reminding viewers that “with all the stalls and bridges you can’t get a car down bridge street…so why a busy. Silly old episode!”
Why is Danniella Westbrook complaining about the writing on the BBC drama? It wasn’t long ago that Danniella joined the hosts of ‘Loose Women’ that she was lucky to return to ‘EastEnders.’ Her character Samantha returned briefly when mum Peggy Mitchell [Barbara Winters] died.
Danniella, 16 at the time, joined the cast of ‘EastEnders’ in 1990 and portrayed Samantha through 1993, returning for short stints from 1995 through 1996, 1999-2000 and 2009-2010.
Leaving ‘EastEnders’ the first time in 1993, Danniella joined the cast of ‘Frank Stubbs’ as Dawn Dillion which ended in 1994. The producers of ‘EastEnders’ asked Danniella to return to the show, but at that point was reportedly battling some wild partying habits and it began to affect her work.
This led to TPTB terminating Danniella’s contract and writing out Samantha. Danniella’s off-screen behavior, as well as her frequent tardiness contributed to the decision to let her go. In 1999 the producers considered recasting the role, but decided to give Danniella another shot.
Once again, the actress was fired and the role of Samantha Mitchell was recast – Kim Medcalf took over the role. Sam was written out in 2005. Danniella returned for two stints – one in September 2009 and one in September 2010.
Danniella’s downward spiral continued. In 2014 Danniella tweeted she had become homeless and was living in sheltered housing. “It’s been a tuff year for me &its with great regret I have 2 admit, I’ve lost my home an I’m living in sheltered housing waiting 2b housed,” the actress shared.
It was the same year Danniella split from 24-year-old fiancé Tom Richards. The couple called off their wedding after several public arguments.
After this public dig at ‘EastEnders’ writing team would TPTB still consider rehiring Danniella Westbrook and incorporating Samantha Mitchell back into the storyline? Let us know what you think in the comments below! And, don’t forget to check Soap Opera Spy for more EastEnders spoilers and news.