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Samantha Womack opens up about two-year anxiety battle

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Samantha Womack has spoken for the first time about her battle with anxiety problems.

The former EastEnders actress, who starred as Ronnie Mitchell from 2007, attributed her battle to maturity.

Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders

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Womack as Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders

Samantha Womack - The ex-EastEnders actress is 39 on Wednesday.

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Samantha Womack



"I feel safer behind a camera," she told Female First. "I certainly have more anxiety about live theatre because if you don't get it right, you can't go back.

"I really battle with it a lot more. It started around two years ago - it comes and goes. It's a really strange thing."

Womack elaborated further: "It's not based on any one specific thing, but I think it's more to do with when you get older, you consider everything much more.

"There's an arrogance of youth. Some days I can cope with it and other days I find it quite difficult. But what I do now is let people know that's the state I'm in rather than pretend I'm not."

The 40-year-old - who raises son Ben, 12, and 7-year-old daughter Lily-Rose - added that she finds motherhood and acting "very hard" to juggle.

Womack has been mourning for her late father, who committed suicide in 2009.

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