Image of Danniella Westbrook is a reality television star and actress from the United Kingdom. She appeared as Samantha Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Danniella Westbrook is a reality television star and actress from the United Kingdom. She appeared as Samantha Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Danniella Westbrook Bio

Danniella Westbrook was born in the United Kingdom on 5th November 1973. She is 47 years old. Her birth sign is Scorpio. She was born in Walthamstow, London, but grew up in Loughton, Essex. Danniella Westbrook’s father Andy worked as a cab driver and later as a carpet contractor. Her mother Sue, worked as a shop assistant. Her father and mother were both prominent real estate developers.

She enjoyed horseback riding as a child, but she claimed that she had always aspired to be popular. She began her modeling career when she was 11 years old and later went on to acting. She began attending Saturday classes at the Sylvia Young Theatre School when she was eight years old. She attended a local state primary school during the early stages of her career, but she was harassed there because of her television appearances, and after one bully, she cut off her hair.

Full nameDanniella Westbrook
Date of birth5th November, 1973
Age47 years old 
Birth signScorpio
Birth PlaceWalthamstow, London
NationalityBritish
Famous forActress, Presenter
Marital StatusDivorced
Social MediaTwitter
Net WorthApproximately $1 million
Danniella Westbrook Career

Westbrook began modeling for the supermarket Asda when he was seven years old. She launched Next’s children’s fashion wear, becoming the face of the high-street store “Tammy Girl,” took part in a Weetabix commercial. She also appeared in commercials for Opel cars and Coca-Cola. Later, she worked as a model for her younger brother, Jay. She appeared in Melvyn Bragg’s London Programme as a child thief and the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

She had a minor role in Grange Hill and starred in a video for Queen’s song The Invisible Man. She appeared as an extra in the BBC soap opera EastEnders at the age of eleven, roller-skating around the soap’s setting of  Albert Square.

East enders

Westbrook was considered for a much bigger part in EastEnders when he was 16, Sam Mitchell (the younger sister of Phil and Grant). Her audition went well, and she made her first appearance on EastEnders in July 1990. Despite starring in many popular storylines, Westbrook left the soap in 1993 to pursue another career. EastEnders executives asked her to return to the soap for the second time in 1995.

Westbrook, on the other hand, was addicted to cocaine, and it was affecting her job. The producers of EastEnders terminated her contract, and she was written out of the soap again in 1996 due to her off-screen issues and her low and tardy attendance on set. The creators of EastEnders agreed to reintroduce Sam Mitchell in 1999. Her nasal septum had completely deteriorated during her absence due to her heavy cocaine use. However, Westbrook’s drug use continued, and she was asked to leave EastEnders once more in 2000. Sam Mitchell’s character was reintroduced in 2001, but producers refused to recast it due to Danniella’s issues.

The media announced in April 2009 that EastEnders bosses were reintroducing the character of Sam Mitchell and that Westbrook, not Kim Medcalf, would be reprising the role. Westbrook returned to television in September 2009 for two brief appearances before departing once again on September 21, 2010. Between June 30 and July 8, 2016, Westbrook reprised her role as Sam in four episodes.

Danniella Westbrook Other works

Westbrook was cast as Dawn in the ITV show Frank Stubbs Promotes, which had a second series in 1994, only a week after her initial departure from East Enders in 1993. She also appeared in Dave Stewart’s directorial debut, Entertaining Mr. Simpson, a short film. The film was shown at several film festivals around the world, including the Cannes Film Festival. Westbrook appeared in the second series of the British ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2003. After nine days on the stage, she left before being voted off. 

Westbrook was reportedly offered the role of Natalie Buxton in the ITV prison series Bad Girls. Due to her nose reconstruction surgery, she turned it down. Dannielle Brent went on to play Natalie Buxton. She’s featured in the reality shows I’m Famous and Frightened! and Most Haunted, as well as the sketch comedy show Bo’ Selecta on television. Danniella’s autobiography, The Other Side of Nowhere, was published in April 2006, and it chronicles her cocaine addiction.

In 2010, Danniella participated in the fifth season of Dancing on Ice, pairing up with newcomer professional Matthew Gonzalez. She starred in the Vigilante Film Mob Handed’ in 2014. In 2015, she was scheduled to reprise her role as Trudy on Hollyoaks. She joined the Celebrity Big Brother house for the seventeenth series in January 2016. Westbrook made it to the final on February 5 and finished in fifth place. She started DJing in December 2016. Westbrook began a career as a motivational speaker in February 2019, speaking to foreign audiences at several shows of ‘Yes You Can – Inspired to Achieve’ at Earl’s Court in London.

Danniella Westbrook Relationship

Westbrook started dating East 17 lead singer Brian Harvey from 1991 to 1995. After that, Westbrook began dating Robert Fernandez. Kai Jenkins, their son, was born on November 23, 1996. Westbrook was in a car crash in 1998 and suffered serious facial injuries, including a dislocated eye. She was hurled through the windscreen of a car but survived.

Following his breakup with Fernandez, Westbrook married van driver Ben Morgan in 1998 after just eight weeks of dating him. The couple moved to Australia, but their marriage ended nine months later in divorce. Westbrook married Kevin Jenkins, a businessman, on December 27, 2001, nearly four months after their daughter Jodie B. Jenkins was born on September 5, 2001.

Danniella Westbrook Drug Addiction

The British press and media have covered Westbrook’s battle with cocaine addiction extensively. She admitted to taking the drug for the first time at the age of 14 in a nightclub. Westbrook was a regular on the London club scene after winning her part in EastEnders at the age of 16, and her drug use increased. Westbrook has claimed that she has spent over £250,000 on drugs, admitting that she used five grams of cocaine every day during her first pregnancy and attempted suicide many times during her lowest point.

Westbrook was admitted to rehab, and six months later, she appeared on Channel 4’s The Priory, claiming that she was clean and had been drug-free for months. During her time as a heroin addict, Westbrook was abducted and gang-raped by drug traffickers. 

Danniella Westbrook Social media

Danniella is not active on Instagram and Facebook. But she has an account on Twitter with 233.5k followers.

Danniella Westbrook Net Worth

The estimated net worth of Danniella is around $1 million as of 2020.

Danniella Westbrook begged for an Aldi job but was rejected because she was “too popular.”

Danniella Westbrook, who starred in EastEnders, has confirmed that she was once so broke that she pleaded for a job at Aldi, but was turned down because she was too popular. After being fired twice from the show due to drug addiction, the actress, best known as Walford’s Sam Mitchell, struggled to find work.

She said, You go home and cry when you’re in a low place, but the whole country knows who you are, and you can’t just go to Asda and get a job.

When I was out of work, I went to Aldi and was told, “We can’t offer you a job because you’ll be a liability, and people will be coming in taking pictures of you.” However, they informed me that they would be unable to provide me a normal job. “I couldn’t find the job as I tried everywhere to find jobs, but it’s tough to work on something else when you work for a soap, so you’re not going to get into Downton Abbey unless you’re fortunate.”

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