Samantha Womack is an English actress, singer, model, and director who has worked in film, television, and stage. On 8 August 2022, Womack paid tribute to Lady Olivia Newton-John following her death from breast cancer, confirming on Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. In May 2023, Womack shared a sweaty black and white photo on Instagram with a striped shirt opened to reveal a special ink consisting of a cross and a moon, and three upside-down triangles.
Samantha Womack Personal Life
Samantha Womack was born on 2 November 1972 in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom to Noel Robert Janus, a singer-songwriter, and Diana O’Hanlon. When Womack was six years old, her father left the family and soon after, her mother married a doctor and the family moved to Edinburgh.
Womack lived on the QE2 with her choreographer grandmother, Sheila Holt (a former actress and magician David Nixon’s choreographer for a short time). Womack has two siblings named Hugh Janus and Zoe Janus. At the age of 15, a confessed “wild child”, she left home drinking, smoking, and using drugs.
Womack is the niece of her father’s sister, Angie Best, and the ex-wife of football player George Best. Angie’s son Calum Best is Womack’s cousin. Like Who Do You Think You Are? In 2012, Womack’s great-grandmother, Jessie Ryder, was an actress in New York in the early 1900s.
Samantha Womack Tattoo
In May 2023, Womack shared a sweaty black and white photo on Instagram with a striped shirt opened to reveal a special ink consisting of a cross and a moon, and three upside-down triangles.
“Liverpool, tattoo finished on Bold Street,” she wrote in the accompanying caption.
Samantha Womack Career
The actress first rose to prominence in March 1991 at the age of 18 when she won the annual A Song for Europe competition to represent Great Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest. It reached joint number ten and “A Message to Your Heart” peaked at number 30 in the UK Singles Chart. Despite her achievements, her participation in Eurovision is often overlooked. She said the experience that failing the competition “destroyed” her at the time and thought it would mark the end of her career. She also called her appearance ridiculous for wearing a pink minidress while singing about starving children and said the lyrics are forever burned into her memory.
Womack developed her first love for acting, appearing in episodes of The Bill and Press Gang; in 1993 she appeared in the film Demob with Griff Rhys Jones and Martin Clunes; and took the West End stage, replacing Debbie Gibson as Sandy in Grease. From 1994 to 1998, Womack played Mandy in the BBC Two sitcom Game On opposite Ben Chaplin (later replaced by Neil Stuke). She remained in the series until its end in 1998. During her time in the game, she appeared in the BBC One drama Pie in the Sky from 1995 to 1996 as waitress Nicola Dooley. Womack then appeared in The Grimleys with Jack Dee and Up ‘n’ Under with Neil Morrissey. In 1998, she starred alongside her future husband Mark Womack in the ITV1 series Liverpool 1. She then returned to comedy in Babes in the Wood, starring another Sylvia Young Theater School student, Denise van Outen. Despite respectable reviews, it was critically panned and Womack left after the first series.
In 2002, Womack starred as Cinderella in the ITV Christmas pantomime alongside Harry Hill, Alexander Armstrong, Frank Skinner, Paul Merton, Ronnie Corbett, and many others. In 1990 he appeared in two episodes of the CITV sitcom Spatz; Episodes 2 and 3 of Series 1. Rumor has it that her quick departure from the show after such a short time could have been the reason for the possible downfall. This is motivated by her reluctance to admit that she participated in the program for years. In 2002, she returned to television in the BBC One drama Strange and appeared in The Baby Juice Express, Lighthouse Hill, and Dead Man’s Cards. In January 2005, she narrated Jordan and Peter: Unshelled for ITV2. She later directed an anti-bullying music video for Liverpool band Just 3 called Stand Tall. In the video, she and Liverpool F.C. footballer Jamie Carragher. Childline ambassador Esther Rantzen strongly supported the video.
In 2006, Womack starred as Ingrid in the BBC One comedy Home Again and Miss Adelaide in the West End production of Guys and Dolls at London’s Piccadilly Theatre, first alongside Patrick Swayze and then with Miami Vice star Don Johnson. She repeated the role in 2007 in Sunderland Empire along with Alex Ferns. On 11 May 2007, it was announced that she would be joining EastEnders as Ronnie Mitchell, cousin of the famous Mitchell brothers. She previously appeared in the soap in a small role as Simon Wicks’ girlfriend. During her first
stint on the job, Womack’s character Ronnie was central to many storylines, including the controversial baby-swap storyline that aired in 2011. On 6 January 2011, it was reported that she was leaving the soap because she was unhappy with the baby-swap storyline. Womack last appeared as Ronnie on July 7, 2011, when the character was sent to prison.
Since appearing in EastEnders, she has been a regular on Friday night TV with Jonathan Ross, The Paul O’Grady Show, Richard and Judy, and Loose Women. In November 2007, she sang with the cast of EastEnders at the Children in Need Charity Appeal 2007. In May 2013, it was confirmed that Womack would return to EastEnders as Ronnie Mitchell. Womack’s character Ronnie Mitchell was later killed in the episode that aired on January 1, 2017, when she tried to save Roxy Mitchell from drowning and ended up drowning himself. Her last appearance was in the episode aired on 19 January 2017, where Ronnie was shown as a corpse lying in a coffin.
In 2011, Womack played the title role of US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush from Little Rock, Arkansas in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific in the Lincoln Center production at London’s Barbican Theatre. In March 2013, Womack starred with her husband in the world premiere of Hope at the Royal Court Theater in Liverpool. From September 2013, Womack played the regular role of Tanya in the third series of Sky Living’s Mount Pleasant. She continued in that role until the final episode in 2017. In total, Womack appeared in 25 episodes as Tanya Dawson (later Porter when the character married). In 2015, she appeared in Kingsman: The Secret Service as the mother of lead actor Taron Egerton’s character. It was Womack’s first starring role in such a high-profile film.
In 2017, Womack played a minor role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In 2017, Womack toured the UK and Ireland as Mortic Adams in the musical comedy Addams Family as Mortic. It was announced that she would play the role on the 2021 UK and Ireland tour, but she did not perform the role on the tour for unknown reasons. Instead, Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton played Morticia Addams. In September 2018, she was announced to star in the Fairy Bow Bells pantomime Dick Whittington. Womack appeared in Silent Witness in early 2019. On Loose Women in February 2019, Womack confirmed that she had been offered a project with co-star and best friend Rita Simons. In response to that, they both said they were waiting for the right partner. From 2021 to 2023, she appeared in the UK tour of White Witch and West End productions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
In January 2011, she appeared as one of the celebrity contestants on the BBC’s The Magicians, teaming up with magician Chris Korn. For her “celebrity choice” stunt, she chose to be cut in half by Korn in an illusion called Clearly Impossible. In March 2011, she appeared alongside Lenny Henry, Angela Rippon, and Reggie Yates in a BBC fundraising documentary called Famous, Rich and in the Slums for Comic Relief, in which the four celebrities were sent to Kibera, Kenya, Africa’s largest slum.
In November 2011, it was announced that Womack had been appointed as a judge for the 2012 series of Britain’s Got Talent alongside Dannii Minogue. However, it was later confirmed that the sixth series will be judged by Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, and David Walliams. Womack later confirmed that she had been offered a place on the judging panel and that she had met Cowell in Los Angeles. She said that while she was grateful, she turned down the offer because “it’s just not me.” In 2012, Womack appeared on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? The episode revealed her descent from two musicians on his father’s side, her grandfather Alexander Cunningham Ryan, the father of his partner Pierre François Odilon Garraud, and Pierre’s partner, actress Jessie Ryder.
In February 2013, she took part in All-Star Family Fortunes, donating money to Comic Relief and ActionAid. Womack was interviewed on John Bishop: In Conversation With… in November 2017. That episode, titled John Bishop: In Conversation With… Samantha Womack featured an in-depth discussion of her life and career. In February 2020, it was announced that Womack would be taking part in a Sport Relief challenge. In 2021, she starred alongside Harry Potter actress Jessie Cave in the British comedy Buffering.
Samantha Womack Relationship
After a long relationship, Janus married Italian citizen Junfan Mantovani in 1997. The relationship broke down and the couple divorced in 1998. Womack began a relationship with Liverpool 1 actor Mark Womack. They married in 2009 after ten years together. The couple has two children: son Benjamin Thomas Womack (b. 2001) and daughter Lili-Rose Womack (b. 2005). Mark Womack also has a son, Michael Womack, from a previous marriage.
In 2009, Womack adopted her husband’s last name and began using it professionally. In August 2020, Womack announced that she and Mark quietly separated in 2018, but they continue to share the same house with their children.
In 2021, she began dating British actor Oliver Farnworth.
Samantha Womack Health Condition
In April 2008, Womack broke her shoulder when she tripped and fell down the stairs at her home while rushing to get ready for work.
On 8 August 2022, Womack paid tribute to Lady Olivia Newton-John following her death from breast cancer, confirming on Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. In December 2022, Womack announced that she was now cancer free.
Samantha Womack Net Worth
Womack has a net worth of around $250 million. She has gathered her net worth by being an actress, singer, model, and director.
Samantha Womack Education
During the Big Star’s Little Star in 2014, it was revealed that she attended the same school as All Saints members Nicole and Natalie Appleton before attending the Sylvia Young Theater School in London.
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Samantha Womack Physical Stats
|Height||5 ft 8 in / 173 cm|
|Weight||132 lb / 60 kg|
Samantha Womack Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Samantha Zoe Womack|
|Date Of Birth||2 November 1972|
|Age||50 (as of 2023)|
|Birthplace||Brighton, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom|
|Profession||Actress, singer, model, director|
|Parents||Noel Robert Janus, Diana O’Hanlon|
|Siblings||Hugh Janus, Zoe Janus|
|Spouse||Mark Womack (m. 2009–2018), Mauro Mantovani (m. 1997–1998)|
|Children||Lili-Rose Womack, Benjamin Thomas Womack|
Samantha Womack Filmography
|1995||Call Up the Stars|
|1998||Up ‘n’ Under|
|2004||The Baby Juice Express|
|2006||Dead Man’s Cards|
|2014||One Night in Istanbul|
|2015||Kingsman: The Secret Service|
|2017||Kingsman: The Golden Circle|
|1990||Jekyll & Hyde|
|1991||Top of the Pops|
|1991||Eurovision Song Contest 1991|
|1991||A Murder of Quality|
|1993||Health and Efficiency|
|1995-1996||Pie in the Sky|
|1997||The Generation Game|
|1997-1998||This Is Your Life|
|1997||Noel’s House Party|
|1998||Babes in the Wood|
|2002||Judge John Deed|
|2005||The Afternoon Play|
|2006||Where the Heart Is|
|2007||Wild at Heart|
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