To be serious, I liked Martine a lot in EastEnders.
Like you, I thought she was great in Eastenders ... and although I didn't rate her music, she made me smile in Love Actually.
But, I think her career nosedived because (and this is from memory) she took tonnes of time off as she had a throat problem ? But then she was photographed all about town pouring out of clubs and pubs, whilst being paid. Her understudy had to do her job, and she did it 100x better.
Then she went to Hollywood to be discovered, and all she discovered was a horny Mick Hucknell ... who, lets face it, would date anyone.
She came back with her tail between her legs and really hasn't done anything since. Im not suprised she is skint.