‘Fans can expect plenty of fireworks!’ Major EastEnders star ‘to join Hollyoaks cast as her feisty character “ruffles feathers” on Channel 4 soap’
Former EastEnders actress Rita Simons is reportedly set to join the cast of Hollyoaks.
The actress, 46, previously played Roxy Mitchell in BBC soap EastEnders before making a dramatic exit in 2017 when she drowned with her sister Ronnie, who was played by Samantha Womack.
Rita made a one-off return to Albert Square in April this year as ‘a figment of her daughter Amy Mitchell’s imagination’ after Amy (Ellie Dadd) struggled with her mental health.
Now, it has been claimed she is making the move to Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, with her feisty character set to cause a stir.
A source told The Sun: ‘Rita’s new character will certainly ruffle feathers and is set to stir the pot.
Back on screen? Former EastEnders actress Rita Simons, 46, is reportedly set to join the cast of Hollyoaks (pictured in November 2019)
Longstanding role: Rita starred in the BBC soap opera as Roxy Mitchell from 2007 until 2017 when her character was killed off alongside her on-screen sister Ronnie
‘Hollyoaks fans can expect plenty of fireworks.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Rita, and Channel 4, for comment.
It comes after Rita joked the ‘tears’ she cried on her return to EastEnders were real as she was recovering from a hysterectomy.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Rita revealed the scene was filmed weeks after her operation and she was suffering from ‘brain fog’.
She said: ‘As it happens, that scene was filmed, would you believe, five to six weeks after I’d just had a total hysterectomy, which I’ve made no secret of.
‘But obviously, I got the call to come and do the scene and I knew it was going to be during my recovery time. But I was like, “I’ve gotta do it!”
‘Full-blown menopause, and I had these hormone pellets inserted into my butt cheek and they hadn’t started kicking in yet so the tears on that were real! I had brain fog, I looked a bit on the puffy side. So I did feel a bit ghostly!’
Rita would not have returned to the soap if her character would have been a ghost but felt Roxy being a figment of Amy’s imagination was a good way of raising awareness for mental health struggles.
End of the road: Rita’s character Roxy made a dramatic exit in 2017 when she drowned with her sister Ronnie, who was played by Samantha Womack (right)
Emotional: It comes after Rita joked the ‘tears’ she cried on her return to EastEnders were real as she was recovering from a hysterectomy
She said: ‘Very clearly, I was asked to go back…not as a ghost. Not as a ghost. And I said ‘Right, if I’m a ghost, I’m not doing it!’
‘But because it was a figment of Amy’s imagination – anything to do with mental health issues, I’m there like a rat up a drainpipe because I’m an advocate – she is having these mental health struggles and it’s almost like doing these inner-child work that you do with a therapist. So it’s her imagination.’
Rita starred in the BBC soap opera as Roxy Mitchell from 2007 until 2017 when her character was killed off alongside her on-screen sister Ronnie.
The soap star reminded fans that because viewers did not see her character’s body after she and her sister both drowned in a swimming pool, there is a possibility that Roxy is not dead after all and could potentially make a reappearance ‘for the fans.’