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Danniella Westbrook 'didn't get fired from EastEnders'

Danniella Westbrook's representative has blasted a report that the actress was axed from EastEnders due to her "unprofessional behaviour".

Danniella Westbrook's representative has labelled reports the actress was axed from EastEnders "absolute lies".

The 42-year-old actress, who first played Sam Mitchell in 1990, had returned to the BBC soap for the fifth time as Barbara Windsor prepared to say goodbye to her alter ego Peggy Mitchell once and for all.

The Sun newspaper claimed on Monday (16May16) that Danniella had been fired from the show after filming just two episodes due to her "unprofessional behaviour".

"Danniella is gone after only two weeks - it was her last day of filming on Saturday and she won’t be back," a source told the publication.

"This is a huge opportunity lost for Danniella, who was being given another chance to prove herself. But she failed miserably. Secretly she is devastated as she was pinning all her hopes on a full time return."

But a spokesperson for the star dismissed the claims, telling the Daily Mail Online: "She didn't get fired she worked her full contract. It's absolute lies.

"She was not fired she fulfilled her contract and she was booked for two episodes and that is what she shot."

Danniella had previously revealed how excited she was to be returning to the soap as Peggy's feisty daughter, while Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden also returned as Sam's brothers Grant and Phil Mitchell.

"I'm super excited to go back. I'm super excited to have the boys back together - Ross and Steve - and obviously Barbara," she said during an interview on Good Morning Britain. "The four of us back together will be, the original Mitchells back together, will be great."

She had also said during the interview that she was grateful for her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year (16), because it gave people the chance to see she was employable again.

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