The 41-year-old actress, best known for playing fiery Queen Vic barmaid Roxy Mitchell, is in talks with ITV bosses to enter the Aussie camp nearly two years after her character was killed off the long-running
A source told the
New role? Former EastEnders star Rita Simons is said to be one of the stars in line to enter the jungle in the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The niece of billionaire Apprentice star Lord Sugar recently revealed has a variety of anxiety and behavioural disorders, which have left her with a crippling sleep condition.
Rita blamed her insomnia and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and ADHD anxiety (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
The Sun source added: ‘Obviously it will be hard for Rita to live in the jungle with her health problems but she’s hoping that some time away from her hectic lifestyle will help and that it will also provide a career boost and hopefully lead to her landing another big TV part.’
Previously: Rita left Albert Square with Samantha Womack, who played her on-screen sister Ronnie, on New Year’s Eve last year
Rita left Albert Square with Samantha Womack, who played her on-screen sister Ronnie, on New Year’s Eve last year.
The dramatic story line saw the nieces of Dame Barbara Windsor’s character Peggy Mitchell drown in a swimming pool in a shock exit that left fans reeling.
In almost two years since she left the soap, the former EastEnders star has worked on Legally Blonde The Musical.
Speaking earlier this year about leaving the iconic soap, Rita told the Late Show ‘I was ready to leave, definitely wasn’t ready to die.
‘So when I was told we were dying – now I’m gonna swear – that was a right f**king kick in the b*****ks.’
An ITV spokesperson told the Sun: ‘Any names suggested are just speculation at this stage.’