Emmerdale: Verity Rushworth to return as Marlon’s ex-wife Donna

The character will be back on screen in March


Marlon Dingle’s ex-wife Donna is to return to Emmerdale. Verity Rushworth, who originally starred on the ITV soap between 1998 and 2009, will return this March with Donna threatening the happiness between ex-husband Marlon (Mark Charnock) and his new fiancee Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy). Show bosses are also promising that there will be “more to her return than first meets the eye”.


Speaking about her reappearance, Rushworth said today: I’m thrilled to be re-joining the wonderful Emmerdale team. The emotional journey my character is set to experience will be wonderfully challenging to play, and of course working with some of my oldest friends is going to be a real treat!”

Kate Oates, Emmerdale’s series producer, added: I’m delighted to welcome Verity back to the show. Donna left under a real cloud with Marlon – so her return should ruffle some serious feathers in the village. I’m really excited to see the impact she has on the friends and family she left behind!’’


Only last week Oates was promising upcoming ructions for Marlon and Laurel. In an interview on the soap’s official website, she commented: “I really enjoyed 2013 for Marlon and Laurel because we saw them get engaged. 2014 does see a real challenge for them. There’s going to be a bit of a blast from the past coming their way. It’s really going to shake things up for that character group, and Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Rhona (Zoe Henry) with them.”