Adele Silva is returning to Emmerdale next year to reprise the role of troublemaker Kelly Windsor.

Viewers last saw gold-digging Kelly when she was ditched by Jimmy King (Nick Miles) on their wedding day after he discovered she had aborted their baby in favour of a modelling contract.

Soap bosses promise she will be “feistier and flirtier than ever before” this time around, and will come to the village with scores to settle.

Jimmy has always had a weakness for Kelly but is now happily married to Nicola (Nicola Wheeler).

Although the fiery blonde would not take kindly to meddling from Kelly, Dales insiders say dramatic events will take the matter out of Nicola’s hands.

Adele, 29, who first appeared in Emmerdale in 1993, said: “I absolutely loved playing Kelly. She’s going to be three years older but probably not three years wiser! Whenever Kelly is around she’s always caught up in something which makes her a lot of fun.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the new, talented cast as well as catching up with old friends. The chance to come back was just too good an opportunity to turn down.”

Series producer Gavin Blyth added: “We are delighted to welcome Adele back to the cast. Kelly is as manipulative and destructive as ever and there will be no going back from the damage she looks set to cause to Jimmy. The story will ensure an explosive start to 2011 for Emmerdale.”

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