24/03/2011 16:00 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

EastEnders' Cot Death Story Line: Sam Womack Quits

Sam Womack EastEnders' actress Samantha Womack has reportedly quit the soap after its controversial cot death storyline.

Womack is alleged to have said 'I'm a mother first and an actress second' after being horrified at the shocking scenes in which her character - Ronnie Branning - swapped her dead baby James for Kat Moon's newborn son, Tommy.

The storyline has attracted much criticism from viewers, with the BBC receiving a reported 3,500 complaints.

Samantha, 38, has two children, Benjamin and Lily-Rose, and is married to actor Mark Womack. She is said to have given bosses a letter of resignation in November after seeing the shocking scripts for the New Years' Eve episode.

A cast colleague claims show bosses tried to persuade her on stay on with offers of more money.

Samantha will leave the show in May.

What do you think about the Eastenders' cot death story?
Were you shocked or upset by it?

You can read our previous article and the heart-felt comments, many from women who know the trauma of losing a baby and were disturbed by the storyline, here.

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