Since coming 10th for the United Kingdom at Eurovision 1991, with the song “A Message to Your Heart”, Samantha Womack has focused mainly on acting, starring in many television series throughout the years. In contrast to her Eurovision performance, where she sang about relieving world hunger, she is best known for playing bad girls, most notably Ronnie Branning (nee Mitchell) in the British soap “Eastenders”. However, for the past two years she has been largely absent from our tv screens.
She was last seen in “Eastenders” in 2011, when her character was sent to prison for kidnapping her neighbour’s son in a baby swap plot. But next Monday officially marks the end of her televisual hiatus, as she makes a dramatic comeback to the soap, which sees Ronnie released from jail and dealing with the consequences of her actions. Now I’m a bit patchy on all the gritty details since I’ve always been more of a “Coronation Street” fan, but the video below summarises things nicely (although it may contain spoilers).
Dedicated tv viewers can be forgiven for thinking they’re seeing double next week, as not only is Samantha back in “Eastenders”, she has also joined the cast of the comic drama “Mount Pleasant”. She plays the character of Tanya, who is described as “insecure, extremely scatty and an attention seeking little minx”. With one of her first scenes involving sex, I think it might be safe to assume that her character will be more in the vein of Ronnie than her Eurovision persona. But presumably without the criminal record, although I can’t be sure.
Samantha’s return to “Eastenders” can be seen next Monday 9th September at 8p.m. on BBC1 and RTE1, while she makes her “Mount Pleasant” debut on Wednesday 11th September at 9p.m. on Sky Living. Will y’all be watching?