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Samantha Womack has revealed she will continue her gruelling theatre role as she battles breast cancer.
The formerstar, 49, is currently starring as the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, which opened to rave reviews at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in the West End last month, and is running until January.
She revealed on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer as she paid tribute to, who died from the disease on Monday morning.
In a tribute to the late actress, she tweeted a picture of the pair with Olivia's daughter Chloe, taken when Samantha had played Sandy in the 1993 West End production of Grease.
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Samantha captioned the image: 'This was the most magical of evenings. Olivia and Chloe had come to see Grease in London and we had dinner together afterwards.
'I was so excited and in awe, she was my childhood. I now start my own battle with this disease and am left feeling deeply moved. #OliviaNewtonJohn.'
Samantha, who famously played Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders from 2007 to 2017, was immediately flooded with messages of support from her celebrity friends.
Amid her battle with cancer, Samantha is set to continue her turn on the stage, which is a physically demanding part. Understudy Rachel Dawson will take over if the star needs time off for treatment.
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Samantha is hoisted up at one point so she can 'fly' over the audience — a particular challenge during this scorching summer, she told The Daily Mail's Alison Boshoff.
'I feel like a little baked potato up there,' she joked. 'Sometimes I'm absolutely draped in fake fur... shoulder pads and wigs and flying... and the heat at the top of the auditorium is otherworldly.
'I am OK with heights. That's never been one of my phobias. When it's not 45 degrees, it's a really pleasant place to be.'
Samantha has two children, Lili and Benji, with former husband Mark Womack, who appears in Emmerdale. They split up four years ago, but have carried on living together.
For the past two years she has been dating actor Oliver Farnworth, 40. Womack reveals that the three of them now form a 'blended parenting unit' — dividing their time between homes in Bedfordshire and Liverpool.
She explained: 'We have worked very hard at creating our situation. It's not that traditional — we do all spend lots of time together. Mark often stays at the house [in Bedfordshire]; or Oli and I stay with him in Liverpool. Oli and Mark really get on.
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Grease star Olivia Newton-John inspired Jane McGrath to fight for breast cancer sufferers and their families - after the actress was first diagnosed in 1992 aged just 43. Newton-John, 73, died peacefully on Tuesday in her US home.Her confronting early diagnosis struck a chord with the former wife of Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, who lost her own battle with breast cancer in 2008.After her passing, from 2009 onwards, the Sydney Cricket Ground has been transformed into a sea of pink for one day of the annual January Test, with millions raised to help fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses.
'It is nice. I think Mark and I came to the same place at the same time, so it's probably easier for us to stay friends. I know it's not always possible, if someone is in pain or hurting. But we just really enjoy our friendship.'
Daughter Lili, 17, is studying music at LIPA in Liverpool while Benji, 20, is a university student. Womack recently bought a house in Valencia, Spain, which she intends to be her principal residence with Farnsworth when she isn't working.
She said: 'My ex-husband is an actor, so the three of us trying to get our schedules together can be quite challenging.
'But on the plus side, we're all incredibly understanding of the fact that sometimes we just need to drop things and run to a job.
'Coming out of the pandemic, we were so desperate to remind ourselves that there was an industry. It felt very frightening for all of us, for different reasons. We were all very grateful to get back to work, because it was a hair-raising two or three years.'
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