Is Rita Simons married and when did she leave EastEnders?

Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders, is attending Britain’s Brightest Celebrity Families tonight (Thursday 29th April).

But what do we know about Rita Simons, is she married and what has she done since she left EastEnders?

Is Rita Simons married and does she have children?

Rita Simons was born on March 10, 1977 and is 44 years old.

Her parents are Susan and Mark and she has an older brother named Ben.


Rita was married to Theo Silveston, but they split in 2018 (Photo credit: SplashNews.com)

Rita is also the niece of billionaire Lord Alan Sugar. Lord Sugar is married to Rita’s paternal aunt, Ann, whom he married in 1968.

In 2004 Rita married Theo Silveston and together they have twin daughters Jaimee and Maiya. However, Rita and Theo split in 2018.

Last year it was reported that Rita was dating her legal blonde co-star, Ben Harlow.

When did Rita Simons leave EastEnders?

Rita played Roxy Mitchell on BBC Soap from 2007 to 2017. Rita is close friends with Samantha Womack, who played Roxy’s sister Ronnie.

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Ronnie and Roxy were killed in 2017. But Rita and Samantha are still close friends (Credit: BBC)

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In 2017, EastEnders fans were devastated when Ronnie and Roxy drowned in a hotel pool on New Years Day.

What has Rita been doing since she left EastEnders?

In 2018, Rita played Lisa Prescott in the movie The Krays: Dead Man Walking.

That same year she took part in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.

She went on to play the theater. Between 2019 and 2020 she played Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty.


Rita attended I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here in 2018 (Image credit: ITV)

In 2019 she played Caro Harcourt in The House on Cold Hill and Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

This year she plays Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray.

Rita reveals that she didn’t want to be killed in front of EastEnders

In 2019, Rita appeared on Good Morning Britain and announced that she did not want to be killed by the soap.

She said, “Obviously it’s no secret, we were disappointed to leave because we loved our characters.

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Rita Says She Didn’t Want To Be Killed By EastEnders (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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“I love Sam, she is my best friend, you are going to be a fake family.

“We wanted to go, but we didn’t want to die. And to see your ‘sister’ die and willingly kill your character, whom you have paid for for 10 years and whom you love, is a strange dilemma that you have to be in because you have to do the filming … “

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