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Former Coronation Street favourite Paula Lane to make her Emmerdale debut in January

She'll play Ella Forster who soon turns heads in the village.

Former Corrie star Paula Lane has joined the cast of Emmerdale and is due to make her debut as compassionate and caring Ella Forster on screen in January.

Soon, Ella finds herself out of a job when she sticks up for Mandy Dingle who’s attending a Veterinary Ball with her partner Paddy. Far from a pushover, luck is soon to come Ella’s way when a chance encounter with Manpreet Sharma opens up an opportunity. And it’s not long before Ella is turning heads in the village.

Speaking about joining Emmerdale, Paula Lane said "I'm so excited to be joining the cast of Emmerdale. Everyone has been so welcoming and I can't wait to start a new chapter playing the role of Ella. I've already heard there are big plans for her and I can't wait to see her navigate a new life in the village and hopefully make some friends!"

To which producer Kate Brooks added "Ella is a complex and multi-layered character who comes to the village and certainly makes an impact. Ostensibly she's a good, moral character, but is there more to her than meets the eye? We are absolutely thrilled to welcome an actor of Paula's calibre to the show and we can't wait to have her light up our screens."

Emmerdale continues Mondays to Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV1

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