Former Emmerdale star Samantha Giles is set to return to the soap.

The actress is due to start back on the drama again next month, reclaiming the role of Ashley Thomas’s (John Middleton) ex-wife Bernice Blackstock.

Speaking to Daily Star Sunday, Giles said: "It's so lovely to be asked back to Emmerdale. The show is on top form and I'm really looking forward to being part of the team again."

Meanwhile, Emmerdale's series producer Stuart Blackburn told the newspaper: "Bernice Blackstock has always been one of Emmerdale's most popular characters. Linked to Nicola, Ashley, Diane, Rodney and her daughter Gabby, she remains right at the heart of the show.

"With the recent separation of Ashley and Laurel, and problems ahead for Diane, the time is right for Bernice to come back and really stir things up."

Bernice originally featured on Emmerdale between 1998 and 2002. She later made a brief return in 2004.