Hollyoaks: Mandy Richardson returns this summer

Sarah Jayne Dunn rejoins the cast after a seven-year break

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Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn is returning to the soap as Mandy Richardson. 

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The actress has played the role on and off for over 20 years, and was last on screen in 2011 – although there was a brief appearance in a dream sequence in 2013’s Hollyoaks Later.

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Her comeback coincides with Gary Lucy rejoining the cast as Luke Morgan, reuniting the former on-screen couple since Lucy’s departure in 2002. Mandy and Luke were once the soap’s golden duo and enjoyed a number of high-profile storylines together and apart, including Luke’s rape and the death of Mandy’s baby daughter Grace with husband Tony Hutchinson.

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Mandy will return with ‘huge secrets’ according to Dunn, who started filming a few weeks ago and has reportedly signed a six-month contract, and will initially be sharing plots with stepsister Cindy Cunningham, little brother Tom Cunningham and ex-husband Tony.

Fans will Mandy rock up in her old home later this summer. 

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Hollyoaks continues weeknights on E4 at 7pm and on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.