Martine McCutcheon Bankrupt: Former 'EastEnders' Star Is Broke

She might have been one of the country's biggest soap stars, a chart-topping singer and a star of the stage and the big screen but Martine McCutcheon has declared herself bankrupt.

Martine - who played Tiffany Mitchell in 'EastEnders' - petitioned for her own bankruptcy at Kingston-Upon-Thames Court.

According to Credit Today, the star filed the petition under her real name of Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting.

Martine rose to fame in the late 90s. On the back of her success in EastEnders, she also scored a No.1 hit with her debut single 'Perfect Moment', starred opposite Hugh Grant in 'Love Actually' and played Eliza Doolittle in the West End stage production of 'My Fair Lady'.

The actress also published a novel, 'The Mistress' in 2009, which was a top ten bestseller.

But the work then began to dry up for the star. She has just filmed an episode of 'Midsomer Murders', but prior to that her last acting role was in 2008 when she played Susan Penwarden in 'Echo Beach'.

More recently she was the face of Activia yoghurt until she was replaced by Gok Wan last year.

Martine is one of many celebrity bankruptcies of recent years. Kerry Katona owed about £1m upon declaring herself bankrupt and Westlife's Shane Filan was also declared bankrupt just days before the hugely successful Irish group played their farewell show last summer after suffering losses as a result of the property crash.

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