Emmerdale actress Samantha Giles has admitted that returning to the soap wasn’t as easy as it looks – as she had almost forgotten how to play her character Bernice Blackstock.

The 41-year-old actress originally starred in the soap from 1998-2002, but apart from a brief reappearance in 2004 the character hasn’t been seen since.

However Samantha told Inside Soap magazine, “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 Bernice – who previously had a fling with chef Carlos Diaz during her screen marriage to Ashley Thomas – is set to be just as feisty as before.

“I’ve had some really funny lines in the first few scenes I’ve filmed,” Samantha admitted.

“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.”