Danniella Westbrook has confessed that she would love to return to Coronation Street or Emmerdale for a big homecoming.
The 48-year-old former EastEnders star, who threatened to sue the BBC when her character was recast, said she now knows she won’t be returning to Albert Square but is looking forward to the future.
In a new interview, the actress, who has battled high-profile drug addiction, claimed she is now taking things day by day in her recovery.
The TV star also acknowledged that she knows why some people believe she isn’t deserving of another opportunity.
‘I’m looking to the future,’ she told GB News’ Mark Dolan of her plans. I grew up in front of the nation thanks to Eastenders. But that was then. I am deeply saddened by Sam Mitchell’s passing.
Emmerdale or Corrie are two shows I’d want to do. I’d also like to return to theater acting, which is where it all began for me. I’ll be 50 years old next year, and I’d love to play Momma in Chicago someday.’
Danniella also discussed how she became addicted to narcotics, claiming that she was first exposed to them when she was abused as a child.
Regarding Mark Dolan ‘My drug abuse began long before I became famous,’ she claimed tonight. I was sexually molested as a child, but I’ve made significant progress in my life.
‘And I don’t hold it against my addiction. It was the place where I was first exposed to narcotics, but it was not the source of my addiction.
‘Because I’m an addict, I’d have issues with a variety of things, whether it’s coffee or anything else.’ I can’t blame my problems on being abused or famous.’
Danniella, on the other hand, claimed she’s tired of talking about the infamous photo of her nose, which showed how it had been ruined by cocaine use.
‘I’m so tired of talking about that photo,’ she added. It’s something I’ve been talking about for the past 20 years. I only bring it up in therapy meetings these days.
‘I’m relieved that I’m fine today.’ I live in the now, in the here and now. I don’t have a life, my children don’t have a mother, and my parents don’t have a kid if I don’t prioritize my recovery.
‘I’ll never take my health for granted again.’ I had 14 years of sobriety before relapsing, so I will continue to say that I am in recovery every day.
‘Every now and then, I think to myself, “Why did I throw that away?” I was very hard on myself about it. In other ways, however, it served as a reminder.
‘If I were at home, I’d be wondering to myself, “Why do I keep hearing about this girl? She’s had so many chances; why doesn’t she just go away?”
‘I’d have the same reaction. Someone needs to give me a good shake if I can’t get my c**p together. So all I do now is today, today, today.’
The former Celebrity Big Brother participant is now pursuing her dreams of becoming a therapist and yoga instructor.
Danniella also said that she is working on her third book and that she plans to use her experience as a therapist to help those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
‘Get to a meeting,’ she added, offering her counsel. Seek out a sponsor. Get a 12-step program. Feel no guilt or embarrassment. Someone has always done far worse than you.
‘It’s time to get back on your feet.’ It is feasible to improve. Everyone’s story in recovery is similar, but unique.’
Danniella first played Peggy Mitchell’s wild daughter in 1990, and she last featured in the role in 2016.
However, she recently chastised EastEnders for allegedly failing to inform her that her character, Sam Mitchell, had been replaced. Over her, Kim Medcalf has been picked to resume the role.
Danniella told The Sun that she was’shocked’ that she had not been informed about the casting decision before it was made public.
‘I’ve been known as Sam Mitchell for 32 years,’ she remarked. However, no one from EastEnders contacted me to inform me that Kim had been recast in the role. There was no email sent to my agency. I was taken aback since they had an obligation to inform me, and someone should have done so.’
‘The bosses have watched me go through addiction and they have no idea where I am today,’ said the actor, who has battled drug addiction since the age of 14.
‘Thank goodness, I’m fine.’ But if I hadn’t been, it could have been very dangerous for me.’
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