Tamzin Outhwaite and daughter, 10, denied entry to India

EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite has told how a half-term trip with her daughter ended in tears when they were refused entry to India and sent packing from their yoga holiday.

Tamzin, who plays Mel Owen in the BBC soap, was travelling to a mother-daughter bonding trip at a yoga retreat in Goa with her 10-year-old Florence, but the pair didn't even get to leave the airport before being sent on the next flight back to the UK.

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She said that Florence had been terrified they would be separated at Goa airport because of a visa issue that cropped up with the actress's passport.

Outhwaite tweeted the saga as it unfolded...

Luckily for Outhwaite and her daughter, she said that they had been surrounded by helpful fellow passengers who offered sympathy, tissues, and alternative holiday suggestions.

She shared that they were still looking out for somewhere to enjoy a half-term break, and that having time to spend just the two of them was high on their agenda.

Outhwaite added that big-hearted daughter Florence had been hoping to give out suitcases full of her old clothes to families in need of them after having seen her videos of her mum doing the same thing on a previous trip.

It wasn't long before Outhwaite's famous friends, including former EastEnders co-star Lucy Benjamin and TV presenter Dawn O'Porter, started rallying round with suggestions for how they could help save half-term for Florence.

Gaby Roslin sent her commiserations too over the holiday disaster that saw them spend 19 hours in the air for a round trip.

O'Porter also suggested Guernsey, and Outhwaite's other followers added ideas for holidays in locations ranging from a UK caravan park to Malaysia, Iceland and the Canaries – so if you're going away this half-term, look out for a familiar face who might be making a last-minute booking.

Although the pair didn't seem to have found their perfect trip yet, they were feeling much better for being back in their own beds.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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