Hollyoaks' Gemma Atkinson unrecognisable as she returns 20yrs after first appearanceNovember 13, 2021
GEMMA Atkinson has performed one of the greatest comebacks in soap – by returning to Hollyoaks two decades after she first joined.
The actress, now a 36-year-old mum of one, shared a picture of her on the set as her character Lisa Hunter.
Looking very different to her previous first day on the soap, Gemma posed alongside Zara Morgan star Kelly Condron.
The actress joined Hollyoaks in 2001 but quit in 2006 to pursue other TV work, including playing Tamzin Bayle in Casualty and Emmerdale's Carly Hope.
She also became a reality TV favourite, appearing on I'm A Celeb, Celebrity Masterchef, Soapstar Superstar and, in 2017, Strictly Come Dancing.
Gemma now hosts a drivetime show on the Manchester-based Hits Radio.
Appearing in an Instagram video alongside her co-stars on the programme, she explained: "I am nipping back to Hollyoaks.
"Not long term unfortunately because I've got another job haven't I? I'm stuck here."
Talking to her colleagues behind her she aded: "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."
Gemma is engaged to Strictly's Gorka Márquez and the pair share a daughter called Mia, who was born in 2019.
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