Danniella Westbrook
Danniella Westbrook is reportedly struggling with financial woes Getty

She is best known for playing Peggy Mitchell's loudmouth daughter Sam Mitchell on EastEnders and it looks like Danniella Westbrook's latest career move may have been inspired by her on-screen character. The soap actress is said to have taken a job as a barmaid at a London pub to help with her financial woes.

According to The Sun, the 41-year-old star is pulling pints at The Bill Nicholson pub near Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium and is already a favourite with the customers.

"Danniella has only just started here. You only regularly see her when Spurs are playing at home," an insider said.

"She's friendly to the punters but it's a fall from grace from where she was in the past. It's a typical lads' football pub."

Westbrook, who was also pictured in her new uniform, has made no secret of her new gig, recently tweeting: "Spurs v Chelsea @thebillynicn17 were open come down #everywhereWeGo."

The mother-of-two, whose nasal septum famously collapsed as a result of her cocaine addiction, has been relying on hand-outs after falling on hard times.

In December, Westbrook admitted that 2014 had had been the "worst year" of her life and revealed that she was forced to move her family into sheltered accommodation. She was pictured outside the Jobcentre as she struggled to make ends meet.

After 12 years of being clean, her split from boyfriend Tom Richards triggered a break down and she reportedly flew to Magaluf for drugs and had sex with her dealer.

"This year has been the worst year of my life. I've lost all work, we're in a bedsit, I go to food banks ... I messed up," she told Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden on This Morning.

"It's a car crash ... and I have to say, I thought that nearly losing my life was the worst point of my life, but I think that this year has been the worse year that I've ever had.

"I always think if you mess up, the best way is to put your hands up and say I've done wrong. There's no point keep sweeping things under the carpet."