Inside Rita Simons’ luxurious home which includes sweet homage to EastEnders and incredible gym

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Rita Simons’ family home in Hertforshire is a far cry from the humble abode her EastEnders character Roxy Mitchell lived in on Albert Square.

Luckily for us, the 43-year-old is giving OK! VIP club members an exclusive look inside the house, which includes many incredible features including a plush bedroom and incredible home gym.

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In stunning photos, only for OK! VIP club members’ eyes, Rita shows off her stylish home, complete with a cosy living room and impressively large master bedroom.

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Rita has lived in the house for the past 11 years. She previously shared her property with her husband of 14 years Theo Silverston, but he moved out just before the initial lockdown in 2020.

She told OK! the timing of his departure “was quite honestly was a stroke of luck or we might have killed each other!”

Now her boyfriend Ben Harlow has temporarily moved in to the four-bedroom home, and her twin daughters Maiya and Jaimee, both 15, spend half their time there, too.

Rita Simons invites OK! inside her stunning home, which she shares with her twin daughters Maiya and Jamiee
Rita Simons invites OK! inside her stunning home, which she shares with her twin daughters Maiya and Jamiee
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The living room looks incredibly cosy with a grey colour pallet tying the whole room together.

The celebrity favourite – crushed velvet – gets a spot in Rita’s home in the form of a beige sofa.

Filling up the rest of the room is an eclectic mixture of decorative items including a green Buddha, a trunk that’s been used as a small table and a cushion, with traditional British phone boxes printed on it.

Her unique style is shown throughout this room, especially on the extremely long framed lamp.

Rita has a penchant for a bit of crushed velvet, which is demonstrated in her living room furniture
Rita has a penchant for a bit of crushed velvet, which is demonstrated in her living room furniture
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Rita Simons' living room boasts a cosy wallpaper
Rita Simons’ living room boasts a cosy wallpaper
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Rita shares the home with her daughters Jamiee and Maiya
Rita shares the home with her daughters Jamiee and Maiya
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The kitchen has pops of purple throughout, giving it a girly touch. The pop-art style Marmite print in turquoise and purple is definitely a love it or hate it piece of artwork, but we love it!

While she’s stuck to grey for the dining table chairs, the cupboards are glossy white. It’s the perfect place to host a dinner party thanks to the double oven and atmospheric spotlight lighting, once the lockdown lifts of course.

The Marmite artwork stands out in the kitchen
The Marmite artwork stands out in the kitchen
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Rita Simon's home is just as glam as the actress herself
Rita Simon’s home is just as glam as the actress herself
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The closure of gyms wasn’t too much of a problem for Rita who has her own treadmill in her home.

There is also a sign saying, “Eat, sleep, train, repeat” to remind her to workout. However, she’s swapped her gymwear and protein shake for a dress and skyscraper heels for a fun photo.

Rita doesn't have to worry about travelling to the gym as she has her own treadmill
Rita doesn’t have to worry about travelling to the gym as she has her own treadmill
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Rita’s new boyfriend Ben, who she met when he played her love interest in Legally Blonde, has temporarily moved into her home. However, she has kept the bedroom to her style with pink cushions and a Marilyn Monroe canvas that reads, “Being normal is boring.”

Rita said, “The weird thing is we’re trying to take it slowly but he’s living here. As soon as lockdown is lifted Ben will go back to his place.”

The exposed brick wall and fire place make for a fantastic feature point in Rita’s house. She’s ensured her Eastenders past is immortalised in her home with an Albert Square sign above the fire.

Rita, who played Roxie Mitchell on Eastenders for 10 years, has paid tribute to the soap in her home
Rita, who played Roxie Mitchell on Eastenders for 10 years, has paid tribute to the soap in her home
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EastEnders' star Rita opted for a bare brick wall and a cosy open fire place in her home
EastEnders’ star Rita opted for a bare brick wall and a cosy open fire place in her home
(Image: OK!/Catherine Hack)

Rita described her on-screen sister Samantha Womack as her “rock” during her divorce, but she’s not the only one she keeps in touch with.

She told OK!: “I speak to Steve McFadden, Scott Maslen, Di Parish, Jamie Borthwick, pretty much all the Mitchells. And I speak to Larry [Lamb] all the time – I love that man!”

She continued, “I went to see Barbara [Windsor] last year, before lockdown in March. I popped into her house in Mayfair and she wasn’t well and it was quite shocking. She had about five seconds of lucid conversation at a time and kept asking Scott [Mitchell, her husband] if they were going home soon. It was so sad but I’m happy I saw her that one last time. I dream about her a lot.”





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