Samantha Giles returns to Emmerdale

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 April 2021
Samantha Giles

Samantha Giles

Samantha Giles has re-joined 'Emmerdale' as Bernice Blackstock, after previously starred as the character on and off from 1998 to 2019

Samantha Giles has returned to 'Emmerdale'.

The 49-year-old star has teased her character Bernice Blackstock will arrive back in the village "with a bang", and when she was offered the chance to reprise her role she took it as a sign of fate.

She said: "As an actress leaving a role that you love is always a hard decision and I’d been lucky to work so consistently for so long which is rare in our business, so I knew the time had come to be brave and take the leap back in 2019 to pursue my other passion of writing and focus on getting my first book published.  

"I’ve now had such a lovely response with 'Rosemary and The Witches of Pendle Hill' and the down time of the pandemic meant I was able to complete my next two books.

"I’m a big believer in fate so when 'Emmerdale' offered me the chance to return as Bernice I took it as a sign that it was meant to be.

"I’m delighted to be returning to play out Bernice’s future storylines which I’m sure are going to keep the audience entertained.

"She certainly arrives back with a bang that’s all I’m allowed to say right now and I’m looking forward to releasing my next two books whilst juggling her hectic onscreen life!"

Bernice was last seen in November 2019, the night before her proposed wedding to Liam Cavanagh (Jonny McPherson).

But she dumped her fiancé and left for Australia to look after her former husband, Charlie, who had been involved in an accident.

Liam is now loved-up with Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi), but Bernice's return looks set to make life complicated for the couple.

Emmerdale Producer Laura Shaw added: "I am thrilled to have Samantha Giles returning to 'Emmerdale' as Bernice.

"Samantha is such a fabulous actress and her portrayal of Bernice is a wonderfully warm, complex mix of tragedy and comedy that always brings a whirlwind of fun and drama.

"Constantly misunderstood, often getting things terribly wrong, Bernice promises to cause quite a stir from the moment she lands back in the village and will certainly turn lives upside down as she tries to navigate through the changes since she left."

Samantha previously played Bernice on and off from 1998 to 2019.

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