'I'd love to join Corrie': EastEnders' Danniella Westbrook wants to land comeback on rival soap

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Danniella Westbrook has revealed how she’d love to land a dramatic TV comeback on Coronation Street or Emmerdale.

The former EastEnders favourite, 48, who recently threatened to sue the BBC over her character being recast, said she now accepts she wouldn’t be returning to Albert Square but is looking to the future.

And in a candid new interview the actress, who has battled a high-profile drug addiction, said she now takes her recovery day by day.

'I'd love to join Corrie': EastEnders' Danniella Westbrook has reveals she hopes to land a TV comeback on a rival soap... after threatening to sue the BBC over her character being recast

‘I’d love to join Corrie’: EastEnders’ Danniella Westbrook has reveals she hopes to land a TV comeback on a rival soap… after threatening to sue the BBC over her character being recast

The TV personality also admitted she understands why people might think she doesn’t deserve any more chances.

Speaking about her ambitions she told GB News’ Mark Dolan: ‘I’m looking to the future. Eastenders was great, I grew up in front of the nation. But it’s in the past. I am so RIP Sam Mitchell!

‘I would love to do Emmerdale or Corrie. I would also love to get back into stage acting where it all started for me. I will be 50 next year and I’d love to one day play Momma in Chicago.’

Danniella also addressed the reasons why she became hooked on drugs saying she was introduced to them when she was abused as a child.

Not happy: Last month Danniella lashed out at EastEnders after it was confirmed Kim Medcalf has been chosen to reprise the role of Sam Mitchell over her (pictured as Sam)

Not happy: Last month Danniella lashed out at EastEnders after it was confirmed Kim Medcalf has been chosen to reprise the role of Sam Mitchell over her (pictured as Sam)

Speaking on Mark Dolan Tonight she said: ‘My drug abuse started well before I was famous. I was sexually abused as a child but I’ve managed to move on a lot with my life.

‘And I don’t blame my addiction on that. It was where I was introduced to drugs but it wasn’t the cause.

‘Because I am an addict, I would have a problem with lots of things whether it be coffee or something else. I can’t put my issues down to being abused or being famous.

But Danniella said she’s bored of speaking about the infamous picture of her nose that illustrated how it had been left destroyed by cocaine addiction. 

Speaking about her ambitions she told GB News' Mark Dolan:'I would love to do Emmerdale or Corrie. I would also love to get back into stage acting where it all started for me'

Speaking about her ambitions she told GB News’ Mark Dolan: ‘I would love to do Emmerdale or Corrie. I would also love to get back into stage acting where it all started for me’

She said: ‘I am so bored of talking about that photo. I’ve been talking about it for 20 years now. I only really talk about it in therapy meetings now.

‘I am happy today that I’m OK. I live for the moment, I live for today. If I don’t put my recovery first I don’t have a life and my children don’t have a mother and my parents don’t have a child.

‘I will never take my condition for granted. I had 14 years of being clean then relapsed so I will always say, every day, that I am in recovery.

‘I look back sometimes and say, “Why don’t I throw that away?” I beat myself up about it a lot. But in other ways it was a reminder.

Iconic: The daughter of Peggy Mitchell, made her first appearance in Walford in 1990, originally played by Danniella, 48

Recast: Danniella was replaced by Kim in 2002, due to her off screen difficulties

Iconic: The daughter of Peggy Mitchell, made her first appearance in 1990, originally played by Danniella, 48, (left) but was replaced by Kim in 2002 (right) due to her off screen difficulties

‘If I was sitting at home I’d be thinking, “Why do I keep hearing about this girl, she’s had that many chances, why doesn’t she go away?”

‘I’d feel exactly the same. Now if I can’t get my c**p together somebody needs to give me a good shake. So now I just do today, today, today.’

The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant is now training to be a therapist and yoga teacher.

Danniella also revealed how she is writing a third book and said she wants to use her training as a counsellor to help others with drug and alcohol abuse.

Opening up: In the candid new interview the actress, who has battled a high-profile drug addiction, said she now takes her recovery day by day

Opening up: In the candid new interview the actress, who has battled a high-profile drug addiction, said she now takes her recovery day by day

Offering her advice she said: ‘Get to a meeting. Get a sponsor. Get a 12 step. Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. There’s always someone who has done far worse.

‘Get into recovery. It is possible to get better. In recovery everybody’s story is the same, but different.’

Danniella played the fiery daughter of Queen Vic legend Peggy Mitchell in 1990 and last appeared in the role in 2016.

But she recently hit out at EastEnders for reportedly not informing her that her role as Sam Mitchell had been recast. Kim Medcalf has been chosen to reprise the role over her.

Speaking to The Sun, Danniella said she was ‘shocked’ not to have been told about the casting decision prior to it being made public.

She said: ‘I’ve been known as Sam Mitchell for 32 years. But nobody at EastEnders contacted me to let me know they had recast Kim in the role. There wasn’t even an email to my agent. I was shocked because they do have a responsibility to tell me and someone should have.’

The star – who has struggled with drug addiction since the age of 14 – added: ‘The bosses have seen me go through addiction and they have no idea where I am today.

‘Thankfully I’m OK. But if I hadn’t been it could have had very serious consequences for me.’

Oh dear: Danniella also addressed the reasons why she became hooked on drugs saying she was introduced to them when she was abused as a child

Oh dear: Danniella also addressed the reasons why she became hooked on drugs saying she was introduced to them when she was abused as a child

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