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Gemma Atkinson poses for snap at Hollyoaks as she returns 20 years after debut

Gemma Atkinson shared a picture of herself on the Hollyoaks set two decades after her debut appearance.

The 36-year-old Lisa Hunter actress posed for a selfie alongside co-star Kelly Condron, who plays Zara Morgan in the Channel 4 soap.

In an Instagram video, the star commented on her return to the drama series: "I am nipping back to Hollyoaks, not long term unfortunately because I've got another job haven't I? I'm stuck here."

Addressing her co-stars behind her, she continued: "When did I sign, it was months ago, wasn't it? You've had to keep it quiet. People's response has been lovely so thank-you, but I'm not forgetting these, I'm still here."

Since her character left Chester, Lisa has travelled to Thailand and found love with her new activist boyfriend. This is also where Lisa reconnected with her old pal Zara, but there are questions about Lisa’s true intentions behind her return.

Lisa’s previous storylines touched upon subjects of bullying and self-harm as well as causing trouble with her friend Zara Morgan.

She originally left the village to start a life with her then boyfriend Ben but ended in disaster when Lisa was kidnapped by her new boss Stella. Lisa accidentally shot and killed him whilst he was trying to save her from the kidnapping.

Speaking about coming back to the soap, Gemma said: "I'm thrilled to be popping back to Hollyoaks for a short time. It's where my career began so of course, I was going to say yes! The cast and crew are so wonderful and although we have stayed in touch personally, it'll be great to work together again professionally."

Gemma reprised the role of Lisa in some late-night spin-off shows but left the show officially in 2006.

The mother of one joined the cast back in 2001 and left in 2006. Since then, she has starred as Tamzin Bayle in Casualty and Carly Hope in Emmerdale whilst also taking part in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Celebrity Masterchef and Strictly Come Dancing before her current role as Hits Radio host.

Gemma is engaged to Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Márquez with whom she shares a daughter called Mia, born in 2019.

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