There are testing times ahead for Amy (Chelsea Halfpenny), one of Emmerdaleâs most loved characters, when she makes contact with Kyle the son she had adopted. Kyle is now living with his adoptive Grandmother Joanie who will be played by acclaimed actress Denise Black.
Denise began filming her first scenes this week and will be on screen from August. Denise has a wealth of television and stage credits to her name and is best known for her roles in Coronation Street, Bad Girls and Queer as Folk.
Deniseâs character Joanie is a person Amy never thought sheâd ever meet. Their relationship opens up a whole new story for Amy as she gets to know her son and the life heâs been living since she gave him up two Christmases ago. Joanie is warm and loving â everything Amy should want for the grandmother to her son.
Denise says ââJoanie’s a character I’ve never played before. My first grandma! Dear lord, that came round quick! She is going to get some very tasty stories, so I’m really looking forward to it. I already know quite a few of the cast and I met Lesley Dunlop on my first day who said “you’ll love it here, it’s a lovely job”. The casting came through on my birthday so there we go, what a present. I can’t believe my luck.â?
Kate Oates, Emmerdale series producer says I’m delighted to welcome Denise as a wonderful addition to Emmerdale. Her story will see her playing against some of our best-loved characters, and I know an actress of her calibre will be a fabulous asset to the show.