EastEnders: Samantha Womack has QUIT over cot death storyline!

It’s been revealed today that Samantha Womack – who of course plays Ronnie Branning – has quit EastEnders by way of protest about the cot death storyline that’s currently playing out on the show.

It seems she made her decision back in November when, having read the script and what was to come for Ronnie, she decided she couldn’t stay on with the show.

In her resignation letter, she apparently stated that she made her decision “as a mother first, and an actress second” as, like many thousands of viewers, she felt the cot death and ‘baby swap’ storyline was a step too far.

The Sun states that Sam – who has two children in real life – was offered “happier” plots for Ronnie and a pay rise when she handed her letter of resignation to bosses. She refused to back down though and will leave the show in May.

As was reported late last year, Sam had to call a halt to filming the cot death scenes as she became so upset while filming them. You can click here to read what Sam had to say at the time about the harrowing storyline.

A show insider told the paper, “The last couple of months at work have been awful for Sam.

“The first time she read the script, she thought it was wrong and pushed boundaries too far.

“It was such a sensitive issue, she knew it would cause a huge backlash.

“She wrote a letter on the day she read it and made it clear to bosses she thought it was wrong.

“They persuaded her to stay and film the scenes, but she will leave in May.

“It was draining for her filming the scenes and incredibly difficult emotionally.

“All she could think about was the reaction of parents, especially mothers, who had lost children to cot death.

“She saw the story as a mother first and an actress second, which made her realise things had gone too far.”

What do you think of Sam’s decision to quit?

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