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Kara Tointon: 'I nearly quit acting after EastEnders'

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Kara Tointon has revealed that she almost quit acting after leaving EastEnders.

The actress, who played Walford's Dawn Swann from 2005 to 2009, admitted she struggled to find work initially after leaving the soap.

Kara Tointon at the 12th Annual Whatsonstage.com Awards Concert at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London

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Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon as Dawn Swann in EastEnders.

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Kara Tointon as Dawn in EastEnders.



The Yorkshire Evening Post quotes Tointon as saying: "I have had a fantastic couple of years and yet there was a point after EastEnders that I strongly considered giving up on acting and resorting to my plan B, training to be an interior designer.

"At that point, I started to think it wasn't going to happen for me.

"After you've been in a soap, people can assume you can't do anything else, because you're associated with your TV character.

"It can be demoralising, going to audition after audition and getting rejected, and you have to be pretty strong to carry on in this business."

Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon
Jubilee Family Festival at Hyde Park
London, England

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Kara Tointon with partner Artem Chigvintsev



Tointon's post-EastEnders projects have included a part in The Sweeney and the lead role in a West End production of Pygmalion.

She also fronted Kara Tointon: Don't Call Me Stupid, a programme about dyslexia, and took part in Strictly Come Dancing, where she met partner Artem Chigvintsev.

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