Samantha Giles to leave Emmerdale role as Bernice Blackstock

Giles has had four stints on the soap since first joining in 1998.

Samantha Giles is reportedly set to leave Emmerdale 25 years after she first started playing Bernice Blackstock on the soap.

According to The Sun, Giles is calling time on her fourth stint on the show, with the actor set to depart at an as-yet-unspecified time before the year is out.

She has previously quit the show on three previous occasions, first in 2002, then again after a brief return in 2004, and most recently in 2019 after she returned to the Dales in 2012.

Her current stint on the show began in 2021, and it’s not currently clear if this latest goodbye is intended to be a permanent exit or if she might return again somewhere down the line.

“Bernice Blackstock has been in and out of Emmerdale village more than they change the barrels at The Woolpack,” a source was quoted as saying.

The comment continued: “She’s always welcomed back with open arms by ITV and fans alike, but it’s now becoming a bit of a running joke.

“It wouldn’t pay to bet on whether Samantha will one day be back, but for now she will leave the soap later this year.”

ITV declined to comment when approached by RadioTimes.com about this story.

In addition to her role on Emmerdale, Giles’ other TV credits include Sally Boothe in the ITV drama Where the Heart Is and Valerie Holden in Hollyoaks, while she had a recurring role on Coronation Street at the start of her career.

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