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Updated: Womack quits 'EastEnders' over cot death plot

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Samantha Womack has reportedly quit EastEnders after deciding that her recent cot death storyline "went too far".

According to The Sun, the actress resigned last November upon receiving the initial script for the plot, which has seen her Albert Square character Ronnie Mitchell deal with the loss of her baby son which she then switched with that of Kat Slater.

The BBC has now confirmed that Womack is to leave the show at the end of the current baby swap storyline.

"The last couple of months at work have been awful for Sam," a source explained. "The first time she read the script, she thought it was wrong and pushed boundaries too far. It was such a sensitive issue, she knew it would cause a huge backlash.

"She wrote a letter on the day she read it and made it clear to bosses she thought it was wrong. They persuaded her to stay and film the scenes, but she will leave in May. It was draining for her filming the scenes and incredibly difficult emotionally."

The insider continued: "All she could think about was the reaction of parents, especially mothers, who had lost children to cot death."

Show execs are said to have offered Womack a higher salary as well as a promise of lighter storylines in exchange for her continuing on with the show, but the 38-year-old insisted that she made her decision "as a mother first and an actress second" and that things had "gone too far".

An EastEnders spokesman said: "The current storyline allows an exit for Ronnie Branning. Samantha Womack has been a major part of the show's success in recent years and she will continue to work with us until her departure later this year." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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