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Davinia Taylor will return to her role of wild Jude Cunningham on Hollyoaks after 18 yers away from the Channel 4 soap.

Davinia played Cindy Cunningham’s devious older sister from 1996 to 1998 and will return this autumn. 

It’s not clear whether the party girl will come back a reformed character, but being Hollyoaks, the chances are slim.

Davinia, who lives in London with her fiance and four children, said: “I’m thrilled to be going back into Hollyoaks and bringing Jude back. I am desperate to see what on earth she has been doing for the past 18 years and what trouble she will no doubt cause!”

Hollyoaks’ executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: “Davinia’s portrayal of Jude Cunningham made her one of my favourite ever Hollyoaks characters; the original bad girl, Cindy’s big sister and a bona fide star. 

Jude has been on the run in Spain and Davinia has kept an equally low profile, so I am delighted that both are going to be back in the spotlight. Long-standing viewers and new ones alike are in for a real treat.”

Watch Davinia in action in Hollyoaks in the 90s:




A spokesperson for Hollyoaks said: “The residents of Hollyoaks are in for a shock when a familiar face returns in style to bring a touch of class to the village – Jude Cunningham. She’s the girl with a heart of gold whose luxurious lifestyle dazzled Cindy, who’s always put her big sister on a pedestal.”

Cindy will be bolstered by Jude’s return, especially in her ongoing battle with her enemy, Marnie Nightingale.