Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten has announced that she has signed a new contract to stay on the popular ITV soap.

Oaten plays new mother on the soap, Rachel Breckle. She has now committed to remain until next summer.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday she said "I am so thrilled. I love working on Emmerdale and in this industry you can't take anything for granted. So I was over the moon when I was told the news."
She continued: "They've got lots of exciting things planned for Rachel and I can't wait to find out more."

Rachel has just begun a new relationship in the show with Sam Dingle which is causing tension with the father of her new baby, Archie. Businessman Jai Sharma played by Chris Bisson is the dad but his identity remains a mystery in the village, particularly to his wife Charity.