Verity Rushworth is reprising her role as Donna Windsor in Emmerdale. The actress, who left the soap in 2009, will be seen on screen from March.
Rushworth said of her return: "The emotional journey my character is set to experience will be wonderfully challenging to play, and of course working with some of my oldest friends is going to be a real treat.''
The show's producer, Kate Oates, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Verity back to the show.
"Donna left under a real cloud with Marlon (Mark Charnock) - so her return should ruffle some serious feathers in the village. I'm really excited to see the impact she has on the friends and family she left behind."