Another departure from Albert Square has been announced.Actress Rita Simons, who plays troubled Roxy Mitchell, has decided it’s time to leave Albert Square for good after a dramatic nine year stint. News of Rita’s departure comes just days after her on-screen sister Samantha Womack – who plays Ronnie Mitchell – confirmed that she is leaving Walford next year.
A BBC spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Rita Simons will be leaving EastEnders. Having joined the show in 2007, Rita immediately won the hearts of the audience in the role of Roxy Mitchell and between her and Samantha Womack they created one of the most iconic duos EastEnders has ever seen.
“Alongside Samantha, Rita was recently offered to take part in the same big storyline that will see the Mitchell sisters depart Walford, but we will not be releasing any further details at this time. We wish Rita all the best for the future.”
Following the announcement, Simons wrote on Twitter: “Thanku guys 4 all the continued love & support u have shown me (and Roxy) over the years. I’m so grateful for my time on EE. Love to u all.” She added: “As the saying goes ‘Mitchell sisters..together forever’ @Sam_Womack Haaaaa you’re stuck with me sis!”