Emmerdale star Samantha Giles says “I forgot how to play Bernice!”

by Lynn Connolly

As fans of Emmerdale will know, Bernice Blackstock is headed back to the village, having come home to her mum Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) while she tries to sort out problems in her marriage.

And of course, actress Samantha Giles has now filmed the return of Bernice, who was formerly married to the now defrocked vicar, Ashley Thomas (John Middleton).

However, as she hasn’t played the role for several years, Samantha revealed to Inside Soap magazine that she was initially worried that she wouldn’t remember how to play the part.

She said, “I was very excited to be back, but I did think, ‘Oh blimey! What sort of person was she?!’

“But then of course as soon as I got the script I could hear her voice in my head again…

“There are still so many writers working on the show who were around the last time I was here, and Bernice’s scripts have been done so well.

“It really is great to be back!”

And it would seem that Samantha is enjoying the comedic element of the show too, saying, “I’ve had some really funny lines in the first few scenes I’ve filmed.

“Bernice still says the things that you want to say to people, but never have the courage to.

“A lot of the time she doesn’t mean to be horrible, but just doesn’t think – and what she says sounds so rude!

“It’s good fun to play.”

But of course, there’s going to be a lot of more serious drama between Bernice and Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) as they vie for the affections of Gabby, who is of course Bernice’s daughter, but Laurel has brought her up as her own since Bernice did a runner from the village in 2002.

Bernice left Gabby with Ashley when she was just an infant, having fled the village after it was revealed that she’d had an affair with her sister Nicola’s (Nicola Wheeler) fiancé Carlos Diaz.

We’ll see Bernice return this week, but for now, here’s a reminder of little Gabby’s entrance into the world in 2001…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.