Emmerdale: Former EastEnders actress Lin Blakley set to join ITV soap as huge storyline unfolds

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Lin Blakley is set to join ITV soap Emmerdale as a pivotal figure in a huge storyline

Emmerdale is set to add a pivotal figure to one of the show’s bigger storylines this summer, with Georgia Sharma set to return to the Dales on the eve of her son Jai’s Sharma’s wedding to Laurel Thomas.

This week, after getting engaged, Jai (Chris Bissom) found out that he was adopted, and swiftly confronted his adoptive father who told him that they didn’t know who his real father was.

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This has now caused a huge rift between Jai and his adoptive father, Rishi. Jai’s mother was originally played by Trudie Goodwin, but former EastEnders actress Lin Blakley will now assume the role.

It won’t be a warm welcome for Georgia, who is set to be the subject of some harsh criticism from her son. Her return was briefly teased earlier in the week, when Jai threatened to call his mother before Rishi talked him down.

Producer Kate Brook explains “’We’re thrilled to have an actor of Lin’s calibre step into the role of the formidable Georgia. A force to be reckoned with, she’ll have a secret for the Sharma family that could potentially blow their world apart".

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Actress Lin Blakley commented: “How lucky am I to play such a strong character as Georgia. So different from roles I’ve played of late. I have enjoyed every single minute. Gorgeous cast and crew!! And the gorgeous Dales. Thank you Emmerdale.”

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