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EastEnders Rita Simons experiences daughter's deafness

EastEnders' actress Rita Simons spent a day wearing special ear-plugs to experience hearing loss like her daughter.

Simons' six-year-old daughter Maiya is losing her hearing and Rita and her husband Theo must make some agonising and life-changing decisions on her behalf.

The actress, who plays Roxy Mitchell on the soap, found her personality changed when she struggled to hear.

Rita Simons: My Daughter, Deafness and Me is on BBC One at 22:40 on Tuesday 20 March, repeated with sign language at 01:20 GMT Wednesday 21 March. Watch online afterwards at the above links.

  • 20 Mar 2012