Tamzin Outhwaite has spoken at length for the first time about the end of her seven-year marriage to Tom Ellis.
In her first interview since splitting from the actor last year, amid reports he had been unfaithful, 43-year-old Tamzin told Good Housekeeping, "It was a complete shock".
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Tamzin Outhwaite has spoken for the first time about her 'shock' split from Tom Ellis
The former EastEnders actress - who has two children with Tom, Florence, five, and Marnie Mae, 20 months - added, "We are rebuilding quite well. I don't feel unloved or damaged. I'm thinking about what the possibilities of my future are now.
"I would have done anything to keep my family together, but it wasn't to be. I do feel pretty strong."
Despite her heartbreak, Tamzin is now ready to look to the future. "It's been a tough year but when things like this happen to you, your resolve and strength of character come through," she said.
"I'm trying to stay positive as I have two great kids. I'm certainly not feeling bitter, which is great.
Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis announced their separation in August 2013
"I'm not down on men or thinking I'm never going to get married again. If someone honest and kind came along I think I would be up for it, but not right now! Not yet. I want to have a laugh."
Tamzin credited her friends with helping her get through the split as despite her relationship coming to an end, she has plenty of people who care about her.
"Some people didn’t mind sitting there listening to me talk, and still do," she said. "I feel very lucky to have the love I have in my life – and losing one person doesn't change that."