Gemma Atkinson’s Hollyoaks return announced

Gemma Atkinson is returning to Hollyoaks – 20 years after she first joined the show.

Gemma, who also starred in Emmerdale, burst onto our screens as Lisa in 2001 as part of the much-loved Hunter family in the Channel 4 soap.

She played the role until 2005.

The Bury actress was involved in a number of high-profile storylines that included bullying and self-harm.

Alongside her former foe and later, best friend Zara Morgan, Lisa quickly became a pivotal character known for explosive secrets and causing mischief wherever they went.

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Lisa left the village to start a new life with Ben Davies, played by Marcus Patric, and the pair reprised their roles twice in two spin-off series.

But it ended in disaster when Lisa was kidnapped by her new boss Stella.

As Ben raced to save her, Stella set Lisa free but in a scuffle, Lisa took one of Stella’s henchman’s guns and as Ben burst into the room, Lisa accidentally shot him dead.

Gemma with her Hollyoaks co-stars in 2005

Since leaving Chester Lisa has found love with her activist boyfriend in Thailand, which is where she connected with old school friend Zara.

But is there an ulterior motive behind her surprise visit?

Talking about her return to the Channel 4 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!

Gemma is back on the Hollyoaks set

“The cast and crew are so wonderful and although we have stayed in touch personally, it’ll be great to work together again professionally.”

Hollyoaks has described Gemma’s latest role as a guest appearance but hasn’t specified when she’ll appear on-screen or how long for.

After leaving Hollyoaks Gemma appeared in Casualty in the role of Tamzin, a paramedic for 10 episodes.

In 2015, the mum-of-one began playing the role of Carly Hope in the ITV soap Emmerdale.

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