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Simons: 'I've put the party girl away'

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EastEnders star Rita Simons has revealed that her life has quietened down since she landed the role of Roxy Mitchell.

The actress told People that she prefers nights in with her husband Theo and four-year old twins Jaimee and Maiya to the late night parties of her youth.

She joked: "I'm the most boring cow you've ever met. An exciting night for me these days is cooking a lamb burger and snuggling up with my husband to watch The Apprentice.

"I've put the party girl away and I don't think she'll reappear for a very long time."

Speaking about her first days on the soap, she said: "I started on EastEnders three-and-a-half years ago when the twins were babies and I had a really hard time of it. Along came this dream job and I couldn't turn it down. It was my ambition to be in EastEnders, but I had to learn how to juggle family life with work."

Simons added that she would like to see some "heartbreak" for Roxy in the New Year, adding: "As an actress I want her to have a bit more depth and grow up. She's such a moody cow."

"I've heard rumours she may get a love interest next year. I just hope it's a man, not that I will tell Theo. He hates seeing me kiss people on screen, so I don't tell him. In fact, Theo hardly has time to watch EastEnders." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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