Danniella Westbrook threatens legal action after EastEnders recast Sam Mitchell

Daniella Westbrook has reacted to the news Kim Medcalf will reprise the role of Sam Mitchell in 'EastEnders'. (Getty Images)
Daniella Westbrook has reacted to the news Kim Medcalf will reprise the role of Sam Mitchell in 'EastEnders'. (Getty Images)

Danniella Westbrook has threatened EastEnders bosses with legal action after it was announced they had recast Samantha Mitchell.

It has been announced that Kim Medcalf is to return to Albert Square in the role, first played by Westbrook in 1990, but also previously played by Medcalf between 2002 and 2005.

Westbrook tweeted: "Wishing kym [sp] 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.

"Oh but not to @bbceastenders my legal team will be in touch."

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The 48-year-old actor and reality TV star also wrote on Twitter: "Well well well who knew... all I can say is thanks looks like I dodged a bullet."

Kim Medcalf is returning to Albert Square. (PA)
Kim Medcalf is returning to Albert Square. (PA)

And she added: "Bet you all can’t wait for my new book now can ya ….. oh it’s gonna go way back to the things I’ve never ever told #beafraidpeople #itsallgood."

Westbrook made her name playing Sam Mitchell as a teenager in the BBC soap. The daughter of Peggy Mitchell and the younger sister of Phil and Grant Mitchell, she worked as a barmaid in The Queen Vic pub.

Westbrook's contract was terminated in 1996 and the star has since spoken publicly about her on-an-off battles with drug addiction.

When EastEnders wanted to bring back the character of Sam but Westbrook was unable to play her, Medcalf was cast in the role.

The cast of EastEnders on set. Daniella Westbrook as Sam Mitchell and Mike Reid as Frank Butcher, 28th June 1991. (Photo by Nigel Wright/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Daniella Westbrook as Sam Mitchell and Mike Reid as Frank Butcher in 'EastEnders' in 1991. Getty Images)

But in 2009 the part was written back into the BBC soap for two brief stints and Westbrook was invited to return to Albert Square.

She also appeared in 2016 for the funeral of her mother Peggy, played by the late Barbara Windsor.

Medcalf, 48, has said of her return: “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.”

Westbrook appeared in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks in 2013, and has competed in reality shows I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, Dancing On Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In February 2019 she appeared on ITV's The Jeremy Kyle Show to discuss her drink and cocaine addiction.

She admitted: "If I had the money I would be back doing 11 bags a day."

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Daniella Westbrook enters the Celebrity Big Brother House at Elstree Studios on January 5, 2016 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Daniella Westbrook entering the 'Celebrity Big Brother House' in 2016. (Getty Images)

Westbrook famously suffered damage to her nasal septum as a result of past cocaine abuse and has also previously said that a botched surgery left her with osteoporosis which is making the bones in her face weaken.

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Last year, the actor announced that she was having work done to “rebuild” her face and she has now said she is ready for the future and to get working again.

In 2018 she was diagnosed with womb cancer, but was given the all clear by doctors in April 2019.

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