Ex Emmerdale Member Joins Regular Cast

Emmerdale has confirmed Shila Iqbal is rejoining the show as a regular in her role of Manpreet Jutla’s daughter Aiesha.

Emmerdale News: Shila Iqbal becomes new regular as Manpreet's daughter
Shila Iqbal stars in Emmerdale as Aiesha Jutla

Shila Iqbal’s character Aiesha Jutla first appeared in the Dales in 2018 after a series of disastrous dates with Jai Sharma. She returns to the village with a big announcement about her future.

“I am over the moon to be back at Emmerdale as a regular,” Shila said. “My family love Emmerdale and to be appearing in a show that you’ve grown up watching just feels like a dream! I’m really grateful to the producers for bringing me back!

“Everyone has been lovely, especially my on-screen family, who have just been so welcoming and have really made me feel at home. I have to be careful not to call cast members by their character names though!”

Explaining her character’s return, she continued: “Aiesha has been living it large in London, living a glamorous life with various boyfriends. Only her current boyfriend couldn’t quite cope with her princess demands, so she comes back crying to mummy – being the mummy’s girl she is!

“With nowhere to stay and needing some TLC, she barges her way into the Sharmas’ residence. Aiesha definitely makes herself at home!”

So what can viewers expect for Aiesha going forward…

“A lot of fun, laughter, and of course it wouldn’t be Aiesha without her melodramatic tears,” Shila added. “I think Aiesha is definitely a naturally comical character, but at the same time there’s something quite endearing about her!

“Aiesha very much represents the new generation of social media fascination and her phone is her third hand. She is always camera ready! She speaks her mind, although it comes from a ditzy but good place for sure.

“I think although certain locals may be annoyed by her initially, they soon begin to realise her effervescent personality is just Aiesha being Aiesha!”

It doesn’t take Aiesha to get comfortable in the village and she soon has her sights set on one of the men in the village…

Tune in to find out who (or look at the latest spoiler pictures…)


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