Rita Simons has admitted she could make a proper EastEnders comeback after her return this week.
The 46-year-old actress was back as Roxy Mitchell for the first time following the character’s death in 2017 as she appeared as a figment of daughter Amy’s (Ellie Dadd) imagination, but now she’s hinted that the character could actually be alive and well.
‘I could come back because you didn’t see my body. I don’t know,’ she teased on Friday’s episode of Good Morning Britain. ‘I did this for the fans, the fans own this show. It’s the fans’ show and I did it for them… Would I?’
Rita confirmed her appearance on Thursday’s episode of EastEnders doesn’t mean Roxy was a ghost – in fact, quite the opposite.
‘It was presented as a thought,’ she explained. ‘I was asked to go back not as a ghost, not as a ghost. And I said, “Right, if I’m a ghost, I’m not doing it”. So I came back.’
Amy turned to self-harm last year when her mental health began to rapidly deteriorate. after a difficult few months, including the collapse of their family unit after Denise Fox’s (Diane Parish) affair with Ravi Gulati (Aaron Thiara).
Describing Roxy as a ‘figment of [Amy’s] imagination, she admitted being involved in a storyline focus on mental health was a big reason for her doing the emotional scenes with Ellie.
‘Because it was a figment of her imagination – also anything to do with mental health issues, I’m there because I really am an advocate,’ she explained.
‘Amy’s having these mental health struggles and it’s almost like doing that inner child work that you do with a therapist… You do go back to your childhood. So, it’s her imagination. It doesn’t make me a ghost.’
During family therapy scenes, the counsellor encouraged Amy to share her feelings about the tragic deaths of Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy, by asking her what she would say to Roxy if she was here now.
Amy heartbreakingly questioned whether her mum really loved her, and Roxy then appeared in front of her as a figment of her imagination and assured her that she did.
While Rita is refusing to rule out a real life return for Roxy in the future, she did tease joining a rival soap but refused to divulge any details.
She laughed: ‘I cannot tell you! When I have something to tell you, I will tell you. All I’ll say for now is I’ve left it so that the public finally understand Roxy may not be dead, so in the future, who knows?
‘But right now I’m really having a lovely time not there, and potentially going somewhere else. But the fans have been amazing and I did it for them.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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