Natalie Anderson to return to Emmerdale?

Natalie Anderson is open to the idea of returning to 'Emmerdale' as Alicia Metcalfe

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Christine Lampard and Natalie Anderson

Christine Lampard and Natalie Anderson on Lorraine

Natalie Anderson would "love" to return to 'Emmerdale' "later on down the line."

The 35-year-old actress bowed out of the long-running soap two years ago after joining the programme in 2010 and, although she's enjoying time out as a mother, she has admitted she hasn't ruled out reprising her role as Alicia Metcalfe in the future.

Speaking on 'Lorraine', which is being hosted by Christine Lampard while Lorraine Kelly is away, on Monday (06.03.17), she said: "She is there. I love Alicia and I loved playing her. She was so much a huge part of my life. Again, another great, fun, character to play. I was so lucky with storylines.

"If that [a return] were to happen down the line then yeah but at the moment, I'm really with where I'm at. I want to learn more, I want to learn more about acting.

"If that were ever to happen in the future, I would like to come back with a bit more of experience, a bit more knowledge of different characters so that she won't necessarily be the same character. But, at the moment, I'm happy doing what I'm doing at the moment but who knows what will happen in the future."

In the meantime, the brunette beauty is playing Lady Capulet in the theatre production of 'Romeo and Juliet' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

She explained: "I've not done a Shakespeare play since drama school. It's a contemporary setting, it's vibrant and she's absolutely crazy as a character and she's quite dark as well which, for me, is interesting because I don't often get cast as people who have a bit of a dark side but she has so it's very challenging. It's set in Leeds, it's set now ... around a boxing gym, which is really interesting. It's really cool."

Natalie jumped at the chance to join the production because it's taking place in her hometown of Leeds and she'll still get to see her four-year-old son Freddie every day.

She said: "It's honestly, it's amazing. When the job came up, I knew I would be doing it until the end of March in Leeds and Shakespeare, I was like: 'What's not to like about this?' ... I can get home, I can see friends.

"I can get up with Fred in the morning and be like: 'Mum is off to work.' But it's for a chunk of time so rather than doing something that's long-running, I can have time doing what I love and time out as well to do my mummy duties."

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