Emmerdale is set to introduce a new character in the New Year who will soon begin turning heads in the village.
Actress Paula Lane, 37, who played the role of Kylie Platt on Coronation Street from 2010 to 2016, will be joining the cast of the ITV soap.
Paula’s character is compassionate and caring Ella Forster who soon finds herself out of a job when she sticks up for Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) at Veterinary Ball.
Far from a pushover, luck soon comes Ella’s way when a chance encounter with Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker) opens up an opportunity.
And it’s not long before Ella is turning heads in the village.
Arrival: Emmerdale is set to introduce a new character in the New Year who will be played by former Coronation Street star Paula Lane, 37
Paula has a wealth of television and theatre credits to her name and is best known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street.
Speaking about her new role, Paula 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!’
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.’
Paula will begin filming this month.
Paula dramatically left Coronation Street in 2016 after being brutally stabbed to death outside the kebab shop by Clayton Hibb.
She died in the arms of her husband, David Platt, played by Jack P. Shepherd, in final scenes.
Following Kylie’s tragic death, David went on to find love with Clayton’s mum Shona Ramsey.
Since leaving Corrie Paula recently appeared in Call The Midwife and played Lauren in the UK tour of Kinky Boots.
Emmerdale airs weekday nights at 7.30pm on ITV and ITVX