Samantha Womack spends 'thousands' on stray kittens
5 June 2017 - 10:00 AM

Samantha Womack spends 'thousands' on stray kittens

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Samantha Womack has spent "thousands of pounds" on five stray kittens.

The former "EastEnders" actress - who was known for playing businesswoman Ronnie Mitchell until her character was killed off earlier this year - was devastated when she walked past a bundle of baby cats and their mother in Spain in pain.

The mother cat sadly had to be put down but the 44-year-old star forked out a large sum of money for the kittens to be put up in cattery before flying them to the UK.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: "I can't bear people walking past something that is suffering."

The blonde beauty managed to raise £1,000 with the help of a GoFundMe appeal online but had to fork out the rest herself in order to get the bundles of fluff to the UK.

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Meanwhile, Samantha recently admitted she was devastated when she found out she was being written out of the long-running soap late last year.

She said at the time: "I didn't want her to die in the first place. You don't expect that after nine years. It was a shock. I'd love her to come back but when you've seen a corpse in a coffin, I'm not sure how likely that is. I was so sad when they killed her."

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But it wasn't just Samantha who was written out of the programme as Rita Simons - who played Ronnie's sister Roxy Mitchell - was also given the boot without much warning beforehand.

Samantha said: "I liked the character and the relationship between her and her sister.

"I liked the early days, when Larry Lamb was playing our father - that was when I enjoyed it the most.

"When it go a bit fantastical, it was harder to believe the character as much. She was threatening to kill people but she was a mother which I found harder to play."

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