Actress Jill Halfpenny has admitted that her past characters in both Coronation Street and EastEnders often come back to haunt her.

Jill, who is currently appearing in Wild At Heart, revealed that she still gets fan mail from overseas viewers and people who remember her as both Corrie nurse Rebecca, and Phil Mitchell’s third wife Kate in EastEnders.

“With all these new TV channels now, they get shown in lots of countries – I know that the British soaps are massive in Australia as well,” the 36-year-old said.

“I still get letters from people who are years behind on EastEnders, saying, ‘I can’t believe Kate is sleeping with Phil’, and I’m like, ‘What?’.”

Jill added that she now acts as a mentor to her niece Chelsea Halfpenny, who has followed in her acting footsteps and is currently playing teen mum Amy Wyatt in Emmerdale.

“We talk about things, and if she’s had a tough day on set or an experience where she feels frustrated or confused, hopefully I’ll be on hand to help,” she revealed.

“But actually the cast of Emmerdale seem so supportive of each other, from the way she talks about them.”