EastEnders’ Samantha Womack splits from Emmerdale star husband after 11 years

EastEnders actress Samantha Womack has confirmed she's split from her "soulmate" husband – Emmerdale star Mark Womack.

The star, who played Roni Mitchell in the BBC soap, says the marriage is over but confirmed the former couple are still living together currently at their home in Bedfordshire.

The couple are parents to children Benjamin, 19, and Lili Rose, 15.

Samantha is also stepmum to Mark’s son Michael, 25, from a previous relationship.

Talking about the split, Samantha told OK! magazine : "Our family home is big enough and we’re co-existing happily. There’s no rush to change things

"But now feels like the right time to be honest and admit we’re no longer together."

Samantha met Mark, who is also an actor, on the set of police drama Liverpool 1 back in 1998.

The pair then tied the knot back in 2009.

Mark is best known for his role in Emmerdale, playing DI Mark Malone.

Samantha said she split from Mark two years ago, but decided to continue living together and they remain "best friends".

Samantha said she split from Mark two years ago, but decided to continue living together and they remain "best friends".

She added: "We decided that we didn’t want to stay in a romantic relationship, but we liked our way of living.

"We have this beautiful house and we get a lot of time away from each other. We’re still a family and we love and adore each other.

He’s still been the best relationship of my life and I think he would say the same of me.

"So we sat down with the kids and explained that we weren’t going to be in a romantic relationship any more, but we would stay best friends.

Samantha said since the split the pair have been 'living together happily'.

She added: "It’s bizarre but these have probably been the best years we’ve had as a family."

Samantha said the split was caused by the amount of time they had to spend away from each other while they were working and a breakdown in communication.

The announcement comes just days after Samantha's on-screen sister Rita Simons, who played Roxi Mitchell, also ended her marriage and kept it quiet.

Meanwhile fellow EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has also split from wife of 22 years Beverley Sharp.

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