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SAMANTHA WOMACK

 

Samanatha WomackSamantha Womack (formerly Samantha Janus) is currently known for playing the role of Ronnie Branning/nee Mitchell in EastEnders.

 She first came to prominence in 1991 when she was known as Samantha Janus (Womack is her married name) and won the annual A Song for Europe competition to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest where she  finished joint tenth with "A Message to Your Heart". The single reached number 30 on the UK Singles Chart

 She appeared in episodes of The Bill, Press Gang and Demob alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Martin Clunes.  She first took to the West End stage replacing Debbie Gibson as Sandy in Grease.

 From 1994 to 1998 Samantha played Mandy in the BBC2 sitcom Game On  and also appeared in the BBC1 drama Pie in the Sky during that period.

 She then starred in the pilot for The Grimleys with Jack Dee and in the movie Up 'n' Under with Neil Morrissey. It was in 1998 while she was staring in the ITV1 series Liverpool 1 that she met her future husband Mark Womack.

 She then returned to comedy in the ITV sitcom Babes in the Wood co-starring with Denise van Outen and also starred as Cinderella in the ITV Christmas pantomime, In 2002 she returned to TV screens in the BBC One drama Strange and also appeared in the films The Baby Juice Express and Dead Man's Cards.

 In 2005 she directed and starred in the anti-bullying music video Stand Tall for Liverpool with the band Just 3 which was heavily backed by Childline ambassador Esther Rantzen.

 In 2006 she starred in the BBC One comedy Home Again and then returned to the West End stage as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls alongside the late Patrick Swayze and Miami Vice star Don Johnson.

 In May 2007 it was announced that she would be joining EastEnders as Ronnie Mitchell (niece of Peggy and cousin of the Mitchell brothers).  She had previously appeared in a minor role as a girlfriend of Simon Wicks. She is due to leave the soap this May.

 Since appearing on EastEnders, she has made regular television appearances, including Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, The Paul O'Grady Show, Richard & Judy and Loose Women.

She has jut finished a tour of South Pacific playing the part of Nellie Forbush.