Samantha Womack Biography
Samantha Womack born Samantha Zoe Janus, is a British actress, singer and director. She was born on 2 November 1972 in Brighton, Sussex, England.
she made her name in the mid-1990s as Mandy Wilkins in Game On. In recent years she has been best known for playing the role of Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders from 2007 before leaving in 2011 and returning to the role in 2013.
She also played Tanya Porter in Sky One comedy-drama Mount Pleasant from 2013 until the final episode in 2017. Since leaving EastEnders, Womack has toured across the United Kingdom playing Morticia in the stage musical The Addams Family.
Samantha Womack Age
She was born on 2 November 1972 in Brighton, Sussex, England. Her singer-songwriter father, Noel Janus left the family when she was six, and soon after, her model-actress mother, Diana O’Hanlon, married a doctor and the family moved to Edinburgh.
Samantha Womack Husband
Janus married Italian Junfan Mantovani in 1997 after a long relationship. The relationship broke down and the couple divorced in 1998. Womack began a relationship with Liverpool 1 costar Mark Womack whilst still married to Mantovani. They married in 2009 after ten years together.
Samantha Womack Children
Samantha Womack and Mark Womack have two children: son Benjamin Thomas Womack who was born in 2001 and daughter Lili-Rose Womack who was born in 2005. Mark Womack also has a son, Michael Womack, from a previous marriage.
Samantha Womack Wedding
Her wedding to partner Mark was in 2009. Reports at the time suggested the evening reception at posh Claridges hotel in Mayfair, Central London, had turned sour with security having to intervene in some drunken behaviour.
Her father’s drunken behaviour at her wedding three months earlier hurt her so much she did not return his calls afterwards.
Samantha says: “You can’t ever come to terms with a suicide… You don’t know if there was anything that you could have done to prevent it.
“My father left three messages on my phone after my wedding to say ‘Call me’ and I didn’t because he’d behaved badly at my wedding.
“He was drunk. The demons had already taken hold.
“I remember seeing him and thinking, ‘Something’s not right.’ I avoided him because I was frightened. Something was unhinged in the eyes.
“If he’d had a drink, occasionally he’d have this kind of look that wasn’t like him. He was this soft, gentle guy, but there was something… anger inside.”
Samantha says: “He’d behaved badly and it was my wedding day and as much as I understood that he was in a dark place, I was hurt.
“And so for the first time I went, ‘No, I’m gonna draw a line here until he calls me sober or changes his behaviour.’ And I paid the ultimate price.
“You’ll always blame yourself. But it’s been long enough now where I can look at his picture and I can smile now.
“So now I have a sense of peace with him, that’s taken me a while to get to.”
Samantha Womack Movies and TV Shows
- 2017: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
- 2015: Kingsman: The Secret Service
- 2013–17: Mount Pleasant
- 2012: Who Do You Think You Are?
- 2007–11, 2013–17: EastEnders
- 2007: Wild at Heart
- 2006: Dead Man’s Cards
- 2006: Where the Heart Is
- 2006: Home Again
- 2005: The Afternoon Play
- 2004: The Baby Juice Express
- 2004: Lighthouse
- 2004: Short
- 2003: Strange
- 2003: Undercover Sex
- 2002: Judge
- 2002: Strange
- 2000: Cinderella
- 1998: Babes in the Wood
- 1998: Liverpool 1
- 1998: Imogen’s Face
- 1998: Breeders
- 1998: Up ‘n’ Under
- 1997: Men Behaving Badly
- 1997: The Grimleys
- 1995–98: Game On
- 1996: Sharman
- 1995–96: Pie in the Sky
- 1994: Minder
- 1993: Health and Efficiency
- 1993: Demob
- 1992: The Bill
- 1991: Press Gang
- 1991: El C.I.D.
- 1991: A Murder of Quality
- 1990: Spatz
- 1990: Jekyll & Hyde