Danniella Westbrook lands first acting job in six years after EastEnders role was re-cast

Former EastEnders' star Danniella Westbrook has landed her first acting gig in six years after her EastEnders role was recast.

The actress is headed to the West End to play the Fairy Godmother in adult pantomime, Sinderfella which has been dubbed a “delightful and risqué version" of Disney's Cinderella.

Danniella, 48, will play the role alongside Big Brother's Simon Gross who is cast as one of the Ugly Sisters and a show insider said the former soap star "couldn't wait to get back to her acting roots".

The source told The Sun: "She is nervous as she hasn't acted since she returned to EastEnders back in 2016, but her passion has always been acting so she is super excited for this next chapter of her career."

Daniella played Sam Mitchell in EastEnders during the 1990s and she recently hit out at the BBC for recasting a different actress as her former character.

Kim Medcalf played Sam from 2002 to 2005 after Danniella struggled with drug addiction and the role was recast. But with Sam making a come back, Danniella was reportedly upset not to have been invited to reprise the part

She warned EastEnders bosses that there could have been "very serious consequences" after they failed to tell her that they were recasting Sam.

Posting on Twitter she wrote: "Wishing Kim the best of luck at @BBCEastenders_ yet again this poor woman has to recreate a Samantha Mitchell as close to my last two recent come backs on the square go smash it darling..x oh but not to @bbceastenders my legal team will be in touch."

Daniella recently delighted her fans after posting a topless snap whilst on holiday.

She was enjoying some time away at a lodge in a caravan park, and she posed in nothing but a pair of black knickers as she looked out of the glass doors.

She had one hand in her blonde hair as she showed off a tattoo located just under her neck.

Over the top of the snap in blue lettering were the words "life at the lodge," as she added a heart, 'ok' and wink face emoji.

In the caption, she tagged the holiday park Wylde Crest Parks, her dog Bobby, who has his own Instagram page, and the park's CEO Alfie Best, whom she thanked.

Her fans rushed to comment on the snap, with one writing: "Sexy goddess you look absolutely gorgeous", whilst another wrote: "Wonderful view Westie."


A third penned: "Always a stunner," and a fourth wrote: "Beautiful Danni x."

Danniella looks to be enjoying the single life since her split from jailbird fiancé Dave, 28, in August, who she knew for six years when both were living in Spain.

Danniella's reps confirmed the split to OK! as they said: "We can confirm that Danniella has indeed split up with her partner, the decision hasn’t come lightly and it is a decision that she feels is best for her and her career at this moment in time."

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