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Danniella Westbrook threatens EastEnders with legal action as she’s snubbed for Sam Mitchell reprisal


Actress Danniella Westbrook has threatened BBC soap EastEnders with legal action after she’s snubbed for the role she previously played in the show.

The role will be played by Kim Medcalf, 48, who took portrayed Sam from 2002 until 2005.

Danniella, 48, has taken to Twitter to share her feelings on being snubbed for the role.

The former soap star appears to be taking aim at the BBC show with a first tweet that said: “Well well well who knew (three laughing face emojis) all I can say is thanks looks like I dodged a bullet” followed by a praying hands emoji.

Danniella Westbrook has threatened to take legal action against EastEnders after being snubbed for a return to the soap
Danniella Westbrook has threatened to take legal action against EastEnders after being snubbed for a return to the soap

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She soon followed up with a less cryptic tweet saying: “Wishing kym 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 to know why when I held the…”

The BBC declined to comment when approached by OK!.

Danniella played the role of Sam from the character’s introduction in 1990 to 1993, returning in 1995 to 1996 and once again from 1999 to 2000.

Daniella Westbrook has played the role of Sam Mitchell on and off since 1990
Danniella Westbrook has played the role of Sam Mitchell on and off since 1990

Danniella – who has been open with her battles with substance abuse over the years – was written out of the show on many occasions, and was replaced by actress Kim in 2002 who took up the role of Sam until 2005.

Danniella later returned to Albert Square as Sam in 2009 and 2016.

Kim told The Daily Star on her planned return to the Square: “When the BBC approached me last year to reprise the role of Sam I was thrilled. She’s a brilliant character and I can’t wait to get back in the Square this spring and work with the amazing cast of both familiar and new faces.”

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Danniella ‘sought legal advice’ last year as she took a stand after her nose was mocked on Gogglebox and said “trolling shouldn’t be taken lightly”.

The actress shared her anger at being mocked on the Channel 4 show.

She wrote: “Thank you everyone for the support you gave me about the derogatory comments Channel 4 allowed the Siddiqui family to make.

“My manager is seeking legal advice as trolling is not something we should take lightly.

“And I for one am in shock that [Gogglebox creator] Tania Alexander allowed that to make the edit.

“The show has always been a favourite of myself and my family, was a real shame that we had to witness such cruel comments on World Kindness Day,” she concluded.

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