Samantha Womack, who plays Ronnie Branning in BBC soap Eastenders, has been attacked in the street over her role the show’s recent controversial cot death storyline.
The actress, who has already quit the soap amid the furore, was screamed at in the street by members of the public and called a ‘murdering b****’.
However Samantha refused to confirm whether her departure is due to the plotline, telling The Daily Mail: “I understand there has been a lot of anger and complaints about the storyline. I can confirm I am leaving the show, but other than that I can’t really say.”
The controversial episodes, screened on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, showed Samantha’s character Ronnie swapping her baby son James’s body with a neighbour’s newborn shortly after his death.
Broadcast watchdog Ofcom has received more than 6000 complaints about the story. A host of high profile critics, including Anne Diamond and Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts, have also spoken out, branding the storyline ‘cynical’ and ‘ill-informed’.
It was also revealed that the show’s own screenwriters are in revolt over the storyline.
The furore is becoming the BBC’s biggest controversy since 2008’s ‘Sachsgate’ scandal involving Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand.