The star’s time in Soapland came to an end on New Year’s Day, when Roxy and her sister Ronnie Mitchell tragically died in a freak accident.
While the fictional residents of Albert Square are currently trying to come to terms with the deaths, Rita is making plans for the future, and has revealed that she wants to try and crack Hollywood.
Speaking to the Sunday People, she explains: “‘EastEnders’ was a great job but it’s time to move on.
“I now want to do gangster roles, edgy dramas and comedy. 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.”
Samantha Womack, who played Rita’s on-screen sister, is yet to reveal what she’ll be doing next, but she did previously discuss how she’d feel if her ‘90s show ‘Babes In The Wood’ was resurrected.
Samantha starred in the sitcom alongside Denise Van Outen, and speaking in October, she said: “I was watching re-runs the other day and everyone’s saying, ‘it’s the comeback season, you should bring it back!’
“I was watching online and thought ‘yeah, it would be nice to do it again’.
“Mainly I just need to remember what it’s like to be outside of the ‘EastEnders’ family.”