Roxy, the Jewish mother from EastEnders

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012
Happy families: Simons at home with her children

Happy families: Simons at home with her children

It's EastEnders' traitorous party girl, Roxy Mitchell, as you've never seen her before.

Actress Rita Simons is one of four Jewish working mothers whose dual lives are captured in a new photography exhibition.

The show, by Emma Harpin - herself a Jewish mother - documents the lives of women from a variety of cultures and careers, including Ms Simons and Reform Movement Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner. Ms Simons is seen on set outside the Queen Vic pub and playing with her two children.

Rabbi Janner-Klausner is photographed at her synagogue, Alyth, in a kippah and tallit, and at home with her daughter.

"I wanted to communicate how these women have two heads," said Ms Harpin. "They go to work, often looking very glamorous, and then get home and get down with the kids."

The exhibition is open, by appointment only, from September 19-28 at 12 Bourlet Close, London W1. For more information see

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