EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite, 49, left her role as Mel Owen in dramatic scenes which saw her long-term character killed off last year. She has now taken on a West End role, but insisted she wasn’t ready to leave the soap in a recent interview.
Speaking to Woman’s Own, she said: “I could have quite easily stayed for another five years.
“But thankfully when you clear a space, you let in other stuff and you realise the potential is quite enormous,” she explained, hinting at other job offers.
“There are moments when I think I would love Me to have gone back as an old lady, but when the door is closed you can’t go back,” she added.
“And now it’s over, there’s a sense of ‘The world is your oyster’.”
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After the Twitter user encouraged her to stay clear of choosing a job based on financial reasons, she added: “Always my way of thinking.
“Both will look wonderful on the CV. Neither will change my financial situation.
“It’s never really about the money. (well almost never).”
Earlier this month, the actress joined the cast of West End production of The Seagull, alongside Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.