Roxanne Pallett - due to star in Chesterfield panto - leaves Celebrity Big Brother over '˜punch'

Ex-Emmerdale actor Roxanne Pallett - who is due to star in this year's pantomime in Chesterfield - has left the Celebrity Big Brother house after she said she was '˜punched' by former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas.

Saturday, 1st September 2018, 2:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 12:49 pm
Roxanne Pallett.
Roxanne Pallett.

Mr Thomas, who was controversially issued with a formal warning by Big Brother for alleged physical contact, insisted there was ‘no malice’ in what happened and many viewers argued it was just play-fighting.

He was not removed from the house after producers reviewed footage of the alleged altercation.

Big Brother said in a tweet on Saturday morning: “Roxanne has decided to leave the Big Brother house.

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“The remaining housemates have been informed.”

A representative for Ms Pallett said on Saturday: “Roxanne decided to leave the Big Brother house late last night after deliberating for two days with some sensitive issues she felt strongly about.

“She has now been reunited with her fiancé and family and thanks everyone for their support during her time in the show.”

Thousands of viewers have complained to Ofcom over Ms Pallett’s reaction to the ‘punch’ and the media regulator is currently deciding whether to investigate or not.

Ms Pallett - who played Jo Sugden in Emmerdale and has appeared in Dancing On Ice, Waterloo Road and Casualty - is due to take on the role of Cinderella at the Pomegranate Theatre in December.

The 35-year-old has had a whirlwind few weeks, surviving a crash in a stock car race in July and getting engaged a week after meeting her boyfriend Lee Walton.

On the Channel 5 show, Ben Jardine - who was evicted on Friday night - told Ms Pallett several times that he loved her.

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