Danniella Westbrook wants to move from Hollyoaks to Mr Selfridge

by Lisa McGarry

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Danniella Westbrook hasn’t even made her Hollyoaks debut yet and already the actress is eying up some new roles.

The 39 year old is best known of course as Sam Mitchell from Eastenders and returns to her soap roots next week when she appears on Channel 4’s teen drama for the first time. However, once she’s wrapped up her work on that show, she has revealed that she would really love to star in ‘Mr Selfridge’.

The ITV period drama has proved a hit for the channel and has already been recommissioned for a second run. It stars former Corrie actress Katherine Kelly who has won rave reviews for her portrayal of posh London socialite Lady Mae and Daniella thinks she could follow in the blonde beauty’s footsteps.

She told BANG Showbiz: ”I really like watching ‘Mr Selfridge’ so I would quite like to star in something like that.”

Westbrook would be happy with a role in any other old style drama too and added:

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“A really good period drama like that or ‘Prisoner’s Wives’ or ‘Call the Midwife’, something from around the Krays’ era.”

”People just love those shows because it’s so far away from their life now.”

Westbrook will return to our screens next week, taking on the role of jailbird Trudy – a former cellmate of Jacqui McQueen – and she thinks her costar Claire Cooper would be fabulous in the ITV drama too.

She added: ”Claire would be perfect for playing Katherine Kelly’s role in ‘Mr Selfridge’. I could see her in a period drama.


”She’s completely nothing like her character. If you look at pictures of Claire how she looks normally and on the red carpet she looks so different, and she’s really is a good actress.”

We don’t know what Channel 4 bosses would have to say about Daniella’s suggestion that their stars move to a rival channel though!

Cooper seems excited about the arrival of her new on screen pal and tweeted this week saying:

“So Trudy Ryan arrives in @Hollyoaks next wk…let the tussle commence @westbrookdanni … #dirtylittlesecrets #jailbirds #chavtastic”

Westbrook is having an exciting time on set apparently and added:

“Manic afternoon in the mc queens!! @CLAIREECOOPER @LeeCPSkelly @NicPickard”

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