Emmerdale just introduced Pierce Harris's mother, Martha. And while the sinister lawyer may not be pleased to see his estranged parent, viewers are busy wondering where they've seen her before.

Actress Elaine Claxton has numerous TV credits to her name, and will be familiar face to audiences from her appearances on countless hit TV shows stretching back into the 90s including Doc Martin, Bad Girls, The Bill, Waking The Dead, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, Silk and many others. 

She recently appeared in the Sky comedy Delicious alongside Dawn French and Emilia Fox, and she had a recurring role in ITV psychological drama Wire In The Blood which starred Robson Green.

How long Claxton will be sticking around in Emmerdale is as yet unclear, seeing as she's only just turned up. We get the distinct feeling Pierce is hoping this is a flying visit...

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