Pauline Quirke has confessed she is worried about the cold while spending winter filming up North for Emmerdale.

The 51-year-old actress grew up in Islington in London watching Northern soaps Corrie and Emmerdale with her mum, and while she is loving playing Hazel Walsh in Emmerdale, she revealed to The Daily Mirror her co-stars have been teasing her about Yorkshire winters.

Pauline said: “Everyone has made me feel very welcome but they’ve frightened the life out of me about winter. They’re saying you haven’t seen anything ’til you’ve seen a Yorkshire winter.”

She added: “But I’m enjoying it – I haven’t had to mess about with any animals yet. Though I’ve run through a few fields.”

The former Birds Of A Feather star also joked how friend Suzanne Shaw, who plays Dales beauty Eve Jenson, had got her the part.

Pauline said: “I’m mates with Suzanne so I don’t know if she was walking through the corridors at ITV shouting my name but my agent rang saying they wanted to chat to me.

“I met with the producer and said, ‘yes, I’d love to, thank you very much for asking’. That was it.

“I watched it anyway – then, blow me down, here I am in it.”