Former Emmerdale actress Verity Rushworth is to reprise her role as Donna Windsor in the soap.

The character will be back on-screen in March rocking the boat for ex-husband Marlon (Mark Charnock) and his fiancée Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy). A statement on the soap’s website teases that there is more to Donna’s return than meets the eye.

Since leaving Emmerdale at the beginning of 2009, Verity made her West End debut as Penny Pingleton in ‘Hairspray’ and has added a wealth of stage credits to her name.

“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!” – Verity

An interview with Emmerdale Series Producer Kate Oates in which a return that would have repercussions for Marlon was teased had prompted speculation over Donna in recent weeks.

“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!” – Kate Oates

A 1999 released press photograph of the Windsor family in Emmerdale with Donna bottom right. Image Credit: YTV
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