Emmerdale has revealed Amy Wyatt, daughter of Kerry and mother to Cain’s son Kyle, will return to the Dales in the spring, with the role recast and actress Chelsea Halfpenny replaced by newcomer Natalie Ann Jamieson.

Emmerdale's Amy Wyatt returns but role recast
Emmerdale has revealed Amy Wyatt is to return to the Dales but have recast the role

Best pals Paddy Kirk and Marlon Dingle are set to bump into a former Emmerdale resident when they head to Belfast for a special storyline as tearaway teenager Amy Wyatt appears after leaving the village in November 2013. It’s a wonder they will recognise her though as the part will no longer be played by Chelsea Halfpenny and has been recast with newcomer Natalie Ann Jamieson taking on the new storyline.

Amy Wyatt, the foster daughter of Eric and Val Pollard, went on the run after kidnapping her son Kyle – who was fathered by and now lives with Cain Dingle. Amy’s biological mother Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) was devastated to see her estranged daughter go after Amy changed her mind about having her child adopted. Although Kyle was returned to the village, Amy has not been seen since, not even to attend the funeral of Val Pollard back in 2015.

The role was played by Chelsea Halfpenny who went on to appear in BBC’s Casualty from 2015 until recently, sparking fan theories that she would be returning to the Dales. However, Chelsea ruled out the return in an interview with Digital Spy saying: “There would be no point in leaving one long-running show to go back to the one you were in before. There are other things in my career that I’d like to do. For now, it’s a ‘no’.”

Emmerdale casts Natalie Ann Jamieson
Emmerdale casts Natalie Ann Jamieson as Amy Wyatt

It’s an absolute no now the part has been recast to Natalie Ann Jamieson, who trained as an actress at Rose Buford College and graduated in 2011. Natalie’s recent film and TV work includes I, Daniel Blake, Vera (ITV) and Doctors (BBC). Like her predecessor, Natalie is a native Geordie originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Natalie Ann told The Sun Online: “I’m incredibly excited to meet all of the talented cast and crew at ITV’s Emmerdale. I feel very lucky to be joining the cast of such a loved and respected show. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to find out what the future holds for Amy!”

With Cain (Jeff Hordley) having his own struggles and drama never too far away from Kerry or Eric, Amy’s return is bound to add to their troubles. And what about her previous crimes that she was on the run from? No doubt, in true soap style, these will all be sorted so she can cause havoc once again…

Emmerdale is on ITV every week night at 7pm with an extra episode on Thursday at 8pm.

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