British actress Daniella Westbrook has been left terrified after her home was raided by burglars.

The star, best known for roles in British soap operas including Eastenders and Hollyoaks, called in police after she returned to her property in Essex, England recently to discover it had been ransacked by thieves.

The burglars gained access by smashing a window and stole items including a designer dress collection.

The news comes just weeks after Westbrook split from her husband of 12 years, Kevin Jenkins.

A source tells British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, "She's had a ­horrendous few months... Arriving home to find out that someone has been through your belongings is heartbreaking. She is moving soon anyway but she just can't wait to get out."