Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson, who plays the part of Alicia on the popular soap, has said that she would like for her half-sister Leyla Harding returning to the Dales.

The 31-year-old actress admitted that an out-of-the-blue return for Leyla should be the next big drama for Alicia if she ever manages to get serious with David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden).

Speaking to TV Extra about her Emmerdale future, Anderson said: "I've signed up until December so we'll have to wait and see if Emmerdale still wants me and what they want to do with the character. At the moment, I'm really happy.

"For Alicia, I'd love her and David to fall in love and have a happy family, and then for Alicia's sister to come back."

David is currently planning to marry Priya Sharma, but fans are expected to see some more romantic sparks igniting with Alicia in the future when Priya has an allergic reaction to some make-up.

Anderson added: "Megan makes Alicia stand in and she doesn't want to, but she wants to keep her job. During the photoshoot, we can see that David is looking at Alicia a bit differently and it all gets a bit much for him.

"Alicia is trying to be professional and it wouldn't enter her head to think there's a chance, because he's rejected her twice before."