Davinia Taylor returns to Hollyoaks as Jude Cunningham

"I am desperate to see what on earth she has been doing for the past 18 years," the actress said today

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Actress Davinia Taylor is to make a whirlwind return to Hollyoaks following an 18-year absence from the Channel 4 soap.

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Taylor will make her comeback as Cindy Cunningham’s devious older sister Jude this autumn, but has time away from the village made her any less of a schemer?

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Executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: “Davinia’s portrayal of Jude Cunningham made her one of my favourite ever Hollyoaks characters – the original bad girl, Cindy’s big sister and a bona fide star. 

“Jude has been on the run in Spain and Davinia has kept an equally low profile. so I am delighted that both are going to be back in the spotlight. Long-standing viewers and new ones alike are in for a real treat.” 

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Thirty-eight-year-old Taylor, who lives in London with her fiancee and four children, said: “I’m thrilled to be going back into Hollyoaks and bringing Jude back. I am desperate to see what on earth she has been doing for the past 18 years and what trouble she will no doubt cause!”

On what viewers can expect to see when Jude blasts back on to our screens, a Hollyoaks spokesperson said today: “The residents of Hollyoaks are in for a shock when a familiar face returns in style to bring a touch of class to the village – Jude Cunningham.

“She’s the girl with a heart of gold whose luxurious lifestyle dazzled Cindy, who’s always put her big sister on a pedestal.

“To Cindy’s delight, Jude is more than a match for her arch-nemesis Marnie but just like Cindy, Jude always had a knack for causing chaos wherever she goes. Is her return really all it seems?”

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You can read next week’s Hollyoaks spoilers here.