Danniella Westbrook first appearance after depression left her in bed for days

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Danniella Westbrook has bravely shown her face as she headed out on a dinner date with friends as the former EastEnders actress battles depression.

The 48-year-old has been open about her struggles with addiction and mental health problems in the past.

Earlier this week, she told fans on Twitter: "Depression to me means laying in bed for days shutting out the world!" Before adding "Day four."

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Danniella recently headed out for dinner with friends at the Old Compton Brasserie in London's Soho.

It came as she was reportedly due to have surgery to repair her ravaged face.

The procedure, set to be done on the NHS, will rebuild her damaged cheekbones and reform her collapsed nose, and will involve part of a rib being inserted into her face.

It comes after she spent last Christmas in intensive care.

Danniella has struggled with drug use for many years – confessing she snorted her first line of cocaine when she was 14.

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In an interview on The Frost Report podcast, the actress admitted she had “wasted years” of her life.

She said: “It’s taken me 48 years to get to that point and I can’t say I’ll be there tomorrow.

"The worst thing I have done is throwing my life away, hating myself, the years I have wasted not liking the person I am.

“Ok so here goes… HONESTY POST Ok so it’s no secret since leaving rehab I’ve slipped and slides more than I have been straight I guess."

She added: “I’m done with the drinking, the occasional packet and night out. I’m totally over it.

“I know the best years of my whole adult life was the 14 years I spent clean and sober.

"So today’s the day I go back. Own my s**t. Pick up the newcomers ring with pride not shame."


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