Police are investigating after former EastEnders star Molly Conlin was allegedly held at knifepoint by robbers who broke into her home.
The 19-year-old, who rose to fame as a child by playing Dotty Cotton in the BBC soap, claimed in a series of Twitter posts that two men had "barged" into the Essex property at around 3pm on Saturday.
Conlin said she had opened the front door after hearing a knock and "thinking it was a delivery man", but was pushed over and "dragged" upstairs before being held at knifepoint while the pair raided her house.
"I was literally praying as I thought I was going to die," she tweeted.
"Little did I know 2 had come through the back of my house also and found my brothers car keys and later all jumped into his black Audi A1 and took my phone and watch.
"They was screaming at me, telling me they was going to hurt me if I didn't give them anything while I was begging for my life being pinned down to the floor.
"When I called the police from my neighbours phone they come and later found my phone ditched in Cressing."
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Conlin – who played Dotty on EastEnders from 2008 until 2010 – said she had seen similar reports from other local residents on Facebook, and urged people to take care.
She added: "I'm so grateful none of my family was home at the time and it was only me. Please spread the word."