Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS - ■ by ED GLEAVE

GEMMA Atkin­son has con­firmed there are no plans for her to re­turn to Em­merdale.

When the ac­tress walked away from the soap ear­lier this year it was re­ported she was tak­ing an “ex­tended break”.

But months on there is still no come­back in the pipe­line.

Gemma, who played Carly Hope, said: “I’ve no idea what I’ll do next af­ter Strictly. I don’t re­ally mind if I’m do­ing act­ing, so long as I en­joy what I’m do­ing.

“I’m lov­ing do­ing ra­dio pre­sent­ing at the mo­ment so I’m go­ing to keep do­ing that for a bit longer. I’d love to go back to Em­merdale at some stage. They have left the door open to me. I miss the cast but I don’t miss the com­mute to Leeds ev­ery day.

“I think that af­ter Strictly I’ll want a nice hol­i­day first!” Gemma shot to fame in 2001 play­ing sexy Lisa Hunter on Chan­nel 4 soap Hol­lyoaks.

And she has hinted she could be the lat­est favourite to make a come­back on the show.

She said: “I’d never say never to Hol­lyoaks. It was the first job I ever did.

“I ab­so­lutely loved it. The time at the minute isn’t right but down the line…I’d never close the door on it.

“It’s be­cause of that show that I’m here.”

IN: Thomas ■ JUN­GLE BOO­GIE: Gemma in cat­suit and Al­jaz as Baloo

BREAK: Gemma as Carly

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