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"Debbie" does Emmerdale

Former Brookside actress Gillian Kearney has joined ITV Yorkshire's award winning soap Emmerdale.

Former Brookside actress Gillian Kearney has joined Emmerdale. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Gillian, who is best known for her role in Brookside as Debbie McGrath, will play Emma Barton, the estranged mother of Finn, who tracks her down after 22 years of absence.

Emma Barton is a woman with a secretive past. With James and Moira’s affair now out in the open, viewers will be left wondering how the complex Emma will react when she finds out James also fathered a son, Adam with her sister in law, Moira.

“As an avid fan of Emmerdale, I’m delighted to be playing Emma Barton.

She’s a fascinating and complex character and I'm excited to find out what lies ahead for her.

"The team at Emmerdale have all made me feel really welcome and I'm loving being part of such a brilliant show.”

– Gillian Kearney

“I’m thrilled to welcome Gillian to the show. The arrival of Emma Barton has been long awaited, so her arrival is sureto cause fireworks in the volatile Barton family!”

– Kate Oates, Emmerdale series producer

Gillian will make her on-screen Emmerdale debut in January.

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