- Samantha Janus
name = Samantha Janus
caption = Samantha Janus in 1991
birthname = Samantha Zoe Janus
birthdate = birth date and age|df=yes|1972|11|2
height = 5'11" (1.73 m)
notable role = Mandy in Game On,
Ronnie Mitchellin EastEnders
spouse = Mauro Mantovani (1997-1998); Mark Womack (2000- )
Samantha Janus (pronounced Samantha Jan-nus) (born 2 November 1972 in
Brighton) is an English actress and singerwho is most famous for playing the role of Ronnie Mitchellin " EastEnders", Mandy Wilkins in "Game On", and representing the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991.
Born in Brighton, Janus's uncle was football legend
George Best[http://uktv.co.uk/index.cfm/uktv/G2.item/aid/529421 UKTV G2 Stars - Profile: Samantha Janus] ] Her father left the family when she was three, and after her mother married a doctor the family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. She has also lived on the QE2 for a short time. Aged fifteen she left home as a self-confessed wild child for a life in squats, drinking and taking drugsUKTV bio] . She eventually turned her life around, and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre Schoolin London.
Janus first came to prominence in 1991, when she won the annual A Song For Europe competition to represent the
United Kingdomin the Eurovision Song Contest. She finished equal tenth and the song, " A Message to Your Heart", peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. [ [http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=6269 Chartstats.com | Samantha Janus Chart discography] ]
She developed her first love of acting, but was often initially mistaken for fellow actress
Sarah Alexander. Janus appeared in episodes of " The Bill" and " Press Gang"; in 1993 she appeared in "Demob" alongside Griff Rhys Jonesand Martin Clunes; and took to the West End stage, replacing Debbie Gibsonas Sandy in "Grease."
In 1994 she landed the part of Mandy in the cult
BBC Two sitcom"Game On" alongside Ben Chaplin. Showing a natural comic touch, she stayed on the show until it finished in 1998. In between series of "Game On", she had a part in the BBC Onedrama "Pie in the Sky" from 1995 until 1996.
Janus then starred in "The Grimleys" with
Jack Deeand movie " Up n Under" with Neil Morrissey. In 1998 she starred in the ITV1series "Liverpool 1" alongside her future boyfriend Mark Womack. She then returned to comedy in the ITV sitcom"Babes in the Wood". Co-starring another Sylvia Young Theatre School student, Denise van Outen, it was critically panned despite respectable ratings, and Janus left after the first series.
In 1999 she starred as Cinderella in the
ITVChristmas pantomime, with Harry Hill, Alexander Armstrong, Frank Skinner, Paul Merton, Ronnie Corbettand many more.In 2002 she returned to TV screens in the BBC One drama"Strange" and after that series ended in 2003, she has had roles in the films "The Baby Juice Express" and "Dead Man's Cards".
2005 saw Samantha directing an anti-bullying
music videofor Liverpoolband Just 3, entitled Stand Tall. The video starred Liverpool FCfootballer Jamie Carragherand herself. The video was heavily backed by Childlineambassador Esther Rantzen.
A popular choice for photo shoots in men's magazines such as
FHM, she came 21st in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World1998 poll and 41st in the same listing in 1999.
In 2006, Janus starred in the
BBC Onecomedy " Home Again" as Ingrid, and as Miss Adelaide in the West End production of the musical " Guys and Dolls" at London's Piccadilly Theatre, initially alongside Patrick Swayzeand then Miami Vicestar Don Johnson. She reprised the role at the Sunderland Empire alongside Alex Fernsin 2007.
On 11 May 2007, it was announced that Janus would be joining "
EastEnders" as Ronnie Mitchell, a cousin of the Mitchell Brothers.
She won the title of 'Best Newcomer' at the 2008
Daily Star Soaper Star Awardsand won 'Best Onscreen Partnership' along with Rita Simonsat the 2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards
Janus has done some semi and some naked pictures for various site and covers.
She married Italian Mauro Mantovani in 1997 and moved to Italy, but the relationship broke down and the couple divorced in 1998.
She then starred in "Liverpool 1", and quickly began dating co-star Mark Womack. They later married and had two children. [ [http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=77240&in_page_id=7&in_a_source= EastEnders' wife-swap? | Metro.co.uk ] ] Their son Benjamin was born in 2001 (after having him Janus took two years off to enjoy motherhood) and daughter Lily-Rose was born in 2005.
Janus and her husband are best friends with
Scott Maslenand his wife Estelle Rubio. Maslen is godfather to Janus' two children and they often go on holiday together with their children, which Janus revealed during an appearance on " Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" in January 2008.Fact|date=April 2008 She is also best friends with co-star Rita Simons, who plays her sister Roxy Mitchell. [ [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/i126523/rita-simons-and-samantha-janus.html Rita Simons and Samantha Janus - Digital Spy Soap Awards 2008 - Digital Spy ] ]
In the autumn of 2007, Maslen joined the cast of "
EastEnders" as the character Jack Branning, the brother of Max Branning, who quickly takes a shine to Ronnie. This was something that both Maslen and Janus were initially uncomfortable with when they read it in the scripts, Maslen commenting in various interviews that having to kiss Janus was like having to kiss his sister. [ [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a86246/walford-actress-struggled-with-kissing-scene.html Soaps - News - Walford actress struggled with kissing scene - Digital Spy ] ] [ [http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=77240&in_page_id=7&in_a_source= EastEnders' wife-swap? | Metro.co.uk ] ]
In April 2008, several future scenes featuring Ronnie had to be scrapped after Samantha Janus broke her shoulder when she tripped and fell down the stairs at her home while rushing to get ready for work.
Since appearing on "EastEnders", she has made regular television appearances, including
Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, The Paul O'Grady Show, Richard and Judyand Loose Women.
In November 2007, she sang along "EastEnders" co-stars in the 2007 "
Children in Need" charity appeal.
21st century filmography [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0418379/#actress2000] Samantha Janus Internet Movie Database 2000+]
20th Century Filmography [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0418379/#actress1990] Samantha Janus Internet Movie Database]
A Message to Your Heart/ Heaven is a Place for Heroes ( Hollywood Records), #30 UK Charts
*imdb name|id=0418379|name=Samantha Janus
* [http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/interviews/samanthajanus2002.html Interview about "Strange"]
* [http://www.samanthajanus.tv Samantha's Official Website]
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