Britain’s most successful female Olympian is to make a guest appearance in Emmerdale.

Victoria Pendleton will play herself in an episode that sees her open the refurbished home farm before the Grand Depart of the Tour de France.

Jimmy King (Nick Miles) goes into overdrive when wife Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) books the gold-winning cyclist to appear at the relaunch of the grand house.

“Appearing on a soap is something I never expected to have the opportunity to do. So when the chance came up I thought it would be really good fun and my mum is a massive Emmerdale fan so that made the decision very easy.

 

“Fortunately I’m playing myself, so it shouldn’t be too difficult but it’s still quite nerve wracking. But the sun is out and I’m sure it will be fun and a great experience to do something different.” – Victoria Pendleton

Emmerdale boss Kate Oates said she is “thrilled” at the cameo and added: “With the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July, the whole area is feeling the excitement of the event – and we felt it was only fitting Emmerdale was part of that.”

Emmerdale weeknights at 7.00pm on ITV/STV/UTV

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