Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson has confirmed that her character Alicia Gallagher will be back on screen before Christmas.

The actress, who gave birth to a baby boy at the beginning of August, returned to filming last month.

Taking to her Twitter page, Anderson wrote: "I am STILL ill!! Go away cold.

"For those asking, Alicia will be back on screen mid dec.... minus the cold hopefully!! Let's see what David's been up to."

Alicia's temporary exit storyline saw her jailed for slapping Val Pollard.

She was also left heartbroken after realising that David had no romantic feelings for her following their sham wedding.

Emmerdale airs weeknights on TV3 and UTV.