SAMANTHA Womack has revealed she broke down in tears when she returned to the West End following her breast cancer surgery.
The 53-year-old reprised her role as the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, just weeks after having a lumpectomy.
Discussing how emotional it was to back on stage, Samantha shared: "I was sitting there talking about love and life and this beautiful wooden puppet and a cello and violin and I was moved to tears."
Appearing on This Morning today, Samantha gave Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield a health update.
She said: “I’m really good. I was diagnosed three, four months ago with breast cancer.”
The actress – best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell on EastEnders – explained that she didn’t have a lump and just randomly tested.
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“It was really incredible because I didn’t find a lump, I didn’t feel unwell.
“There had been a lot of illness around our friends and family and I just thought I’d get a random check and I had an ultrasound, and it showed a little shadow – at that point it could be anything, a cyst… then I had further investigations and then that diagnosis.
“I was lucky, it was less than two centimetres. I had a lumpectomy, which is just a piece of tissue removed and five lymph nodes.
“The mad thing about cancer, when you have it, you understand there are so many different roads, different diagnoses, it is a terrifying world. It’s terrifying at the beginning but if there was ever a time to have it, there are so many new treatments now that are changing the face of cancer, it’s amazing.”
Despite her surgeon advising her not to get back to work to soon, Samantha was soon back to nine show weeks.
She said: "I think its my Nordic, Viking genes that helped get me back in quite soon after the surgery.”
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