Emmerdale’s Samantha Giles has opened up about whether she will return to the soap as Bernice Blackstock.
The iconic character left the Dales yesterday (November 14) for a new life in Portugal after revealing to her family that she was in a lot of debt.
In an attempt to balance the books, Bernice took a loan out in Nicola’s (Nicola Wheeler) name, but it backfired terribly when bailiffs entered the King family home and took most of their belongings away.
A furious Nicola almost reported Bernice to the police, but she ended up making a deal with her sibling instead after realising the arguing and conflict was increasing Rodney’s (Patrick Mower) stress levels.
Nicola was left in a huge mess (Picture: ITV)
Nicola concluded that she wouldn’t send Bernice to prison and would pay off her debt in return for her share of the B&B.
The harsh jibes between Bernice and her loved ones prompted her to reveal she’d be leaving the village, convinced that was the best thing to do.
And so after packing her bags, Bernice left in the back of a taxi for a new life in Portugal.
Bob and Bernice have been running the B&B together (Picture: ITV)
Samantha Giles, who has played Bernice on and off since 1998, has been reflecting on her time in the show and the many dramatic storylines her character has been involved in.
In a video posted by the Emmerdale Twitter/X account, Samantha opens up about how much she enjoyed the recent menopause storyline for Bernice.
Bernice tried to run away after her money problems were revealed (Picture: ITV)
‘It was really nice to have Bernice playing a storyline which was actually quite serious but obviously, there are some funny moments. Giving a comedic character a serious storyline, I think, should be quite hard-hitting’, she said.
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‘At some points she was really upset, crying to Bob, feeling as though she was going mad, there was a serious side to it and I did get a lot of comments from people saying that they identified with it. That for me, I loved doing that story’.
Elsewhere, Samantha also teased whether we could see Bernice in the near future.
‘Who knows what she’s going to go off and do now? Who knows if she’ll be back in the future. Thank you to Emmerdale, I’m going to miss everybody but hopefully I will work with them all again at some point in the future.
She added: ‘It’s not goodbye, it’s au revior…’.
Bernice left the village for a new life in Portugal.