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Casting news: Nicola Stephenson joins Emmerdale

The Villagers may be taught some lessons when Tess meets Paddy...

Acclaimed actress Nicola Stephenson will be joining the cast of Emmerdale.

Best known for her roles in Brookside, Waterloo Road, The Chase, Clocking Offand most recently Safe House, Nicola will be playing the character of Tess. A warm, assured person with great heart, Tess is dedicated to her role as a teaching assistant, but her life will take an unexpected turn when she meets Paddy.

I am delighted to welcome an actress of Nicola's calibre to the show.

Series Producer Kate Oates, on Nicola Stephenson joining the cast of Emmerdale

Commenting on her upcoming role, Nicola said: "I'm thrilled to be joining the cast of Emmerdale. It's a British institution and I'm very excited about the storylines that they have planned for my character."

Kate Oates, Emmerdale series producer added: "I am delighted to welcome an actress of Nicola's calibre to the show. We are keeping the exact details of Tess storyline under wraps but it is safe to say she will mix things up in the Village."

Nicola will begin filming this month, so stay tuned to see Tess's arrival in the Village this Autumn.

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