Emmerdale's Samantha Giles reveals why she was forced to wear a wig for Bernice Blackstock comeback

Emmerdale's Samantha Giles reveals why she was forced to wear a wig for Bernice Blackstock comeback

May 19, 2021

EMMERDALE star Samantha Giles has been forced to wear a wig for her comeback – because she can't tame her own hair.

The actress – who plays hairdresser Bernice Blackstock in the ITV soap – has revealed she is unable to get her own hair looking professionally sleek so has had to resort to a wig.

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Covid safety rules mean stars are having to do their own hair and makeup for filming – something Samantha just can't master.

“I’ve got very very thick, wiry frizzy hair!,” she said to The Sun. 

“I can’t do it myself. I just can’t do it! Obviously Bernice is a hairdresser so she is not going to be seen looking anything less than having her coiffed look, if you like!

“We’ve got this wig – which is a pretty good wig.

“But obviously, I’ve got someone on the other end of the monitor going, ‘Can you tell Sam to brush the wig and to move these bits?’ 

“So, that has all been really hard!”

Witch Samantha also says she created a "love spell" to find her husband Sean Pritchard.

Speaking to OK!, she said: "I'd come out of a disastrous relationship and I didn't want to be messing about with any waste-of-space boyfriends.

"I used Pagan witchcraft and wrote down exactly what I was after and used candles and crystals.

"I sell love spells, crystals, stress busters and all sorts online."

Indeed, the star has a dedicated website where she flog remedies for everything from exam stress to baby blessings with prices ranging from £8 to £15.99.


The actress is returning to the Dales this summer said it was "fate" that he was returning to the hit ITV soap.

She explained: “I’m a big believer in fate so when Emmerdale offered me a chance to return I took it as a sign that it was meant to be.

“I’m delighted to return to play out Bernice’s future storylines. She certainly arrives back with a bang – that’s all I’m allowed to say!”

Bernice was one of the soap’s most popular characters when she was last in the Dales two years ago.

She dumped GP Liam the night before their wedding and fled to Australia to look after her ex-husband Charlie, who had been in an accident.

The timing of her return is terrible for Liam, who is set to be furious when Bernice reappears this summer, especially as he’s now smitten with Leyla.

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