Actress Paula begins filming this month and will be on screens from January after joining the cast of Emmerdale as the character Ella Forster. It will mark her grand return to Soap Land, after her Corrie character Kylie Platt was killed off in 2016.
Ella is described as compassionate and caring, but Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks has teased there is more than meets the eye. And it sounds like it'll be drama from the get-go.
The new character will be introduced in the new year. Fans will see her finding herself out of a job when she defends Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) at a Veterinary Ball also attended by Paddy (Dominic Brunt).
But not one to take it lying down, Ella's luck soon changes. A chance encounter with Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker) gives her a new opportunity – and before long, she's causing heads to turn in the village.
Speaking of her exciting new role, Paula said: "I'm so excited to be joining the cast of Emmerdale. Everyone has been so welcoming and I can't wait to start a new chapter playing the role of Ella.
"I've already heard there are big plans for her and I can't wait to see her navigate a new life in the village and hopefully make some friends!"
Producer Kate Brooks said: “Ella is a complex and multi-layered character who comes to the village and certainly makes an impact. Ostensibly she's a good, moral character, but is there more to her than meets the eye?
"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome an actor of Paula's calibre to the show and we can't wait to have her light up our screens."
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Paula is known for playing Kylie Platt in Coronation Street between 2010 and 2016. She became a fan-favourite character but was tragically murdered by Clayton Hibbs.
Since leaving Coronation Street, Paula has appeared in a handful of series. She plays Vera Sands in Call The Midwife in 2021, and Emily Harris in Father Brown in 2022.
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV and ITVX
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