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Rita Simons appears to seek a smoking alternative

 

Trying to (East)Ender the habit! Rita Simons appears to seek a smoking alternative as she vapes during low-key outing in Elstree

She shot to fame playing tough Roxy Mitchell for a decade.

And former EastEnders star Rita Simons has been keeping a low-profile ever since as illustrated when she enjoyed a low-key lunch with friends at a branch of Starbucks in Elstree on Friday, where she puffed on an electronic vape pen.

The 40-year-old actress was inhaling through the smoking replacement, yet bizarrely still held a box of cigarettes in her other hand, although there was nothing to imply the tobacco in her hand was her own.

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Puffing away: Former EastEnders star Rita Simons has been keeping a low-profile ever since as illustrated when she enjoyed a low-key lunch with friends at a branch of Starbucks in Elstree on Friday, where she puffed on an electronic vape pen

Puffing away: Former EastEnders star Rita Simons has been keeping a low-profile ever since as illustrated when she enjoyed a low-key lunch with friends at a branch of Starbucks in Elstree on Friday, where she puffed on an electronic vape pen

Rita joined EastEnders in 2007 alongside Samantha Womack who played her on-screen sister Ronnie before the duo died in a tragic drowning incident in a pool shortly after the latter wed Scott Maslen’s character Jack Branning.

Despite setting her sights on Hollywood at the end of her soap life, Rita has been enjoying some well-deserved time off as seen when she chilled on Friday.

Slipping into a casual slogan T-shirt, adorned with the words Fiesta And Siesta, the blonde beauty also showed off her legs in a pair of skin-tight black jeans.

Adding to the casual nature of the ensemble, she wore a bomber jacket with a pair of box-fresh trendy white trainers which combined to make an extremely stylish look – perfectly suited to a low-key coffee date with pals.

Fiesta and Siesta: The 40-year-old actress was inhaling through the smoking replacement, yet bizarrely still held a box of cigarettes in her other hand, although there was nothing to imply the tobacco in her hand was her own

Fiesta and Siesta: The 40-year-old actress was inhaling through the smoking replacement, yet bizarrely still held a box of cigarettes in her other hand, although there was nothing to imply the tobacco in her hand was her own

Sister, sister: Rita joined EastEnders in 2007 alongside Samantha Womack who played her on-screen sister Ronnie before the duo died in a tragic drowning incident in a pool shortly after the latter wed Scott Maslen's character Jack Branning

Sister, sister: Rita joined EastEnders in 2007 alongside Samantha Womack who played her on-screen sister Ronnie before the duo died in a tragic drowning incident in a pool shortly after the latter wed Scott Maslen’s character Jack Branning

Despite going low-key, Rita’s blonde tresses were perfectly styled into bouncy waves which cascaded over her shoulders falling from a centre parting.

Before puffing on a huge vape pen, she was also seen holding on to a pack of cigarettes and a lighter while also holding on to her iPhone.

Earlier this year, Rita spoke about the decision of new BBC One producer Sean O’Connor to get rid of the fan favourite sisters and also her plans for after the show.

She told The Sunday people: ‘EastEnders was a great job but it’s time to move on.I now want to do gangster roles, edgy ¬dramas and comedy.

Stunner: Despite going low-key, Rita's blonde tresses were perfectly styled into bouncy waves which cascaded over her shoulders falling from a centre parting

Stunner: Despite going low-key, Rita’s blonde tresses were perfectly styled into bouncy waves which cascaded over her shoulders falling from a centre parting

Smokey: Before puffing on a huge vape pen, she was also seen holding on to a pack of cigarettes and a lighter while also holding on to her iPhone

Smokey: Before puffing on a huge vape pen, she was also seen holding on to a pack of cigarettes and a lighter while also holding on to her iPhone

‘I’m capable of doing so much. I can do any accent and I’m way sillier than people realise. As Roxy, I didn’t get to show all these different sides of my personality.’

The star also admitted she could not have stayed on the soap if her on-screen sister had died first: ‘Going through the exit with Samantha was my saving grace. Because we knew what each other were going through.

‘If Sam had gone and I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been far behind her. During the end of our time we were constantly in a state of swings and roundabouts.

‘I would have a really bad day, just seeing all my friends on set. I would get upset knowing I would be leaving them.’

Red carpet glam: The star also admitted she could not have stayed on the soap if her on-screen sister had died first: 'Going through the exit with Samantha was my saving grace. Because we knew what each other were going through'

Red carpet glam: The star also admitted she could not have stayed on the soap if her on-screen sister had died first: ‘Going through the exit with Samantha was my saving grace. Because we knew what each other were going through’

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