Emmerdale fans were left questioning why actress Samantha Giles is wearing a wig, as she made her return to the ITV soap.
The star – who portrays soap stalwart Bernice Blackstock – made her highly-anticipated return in tonight’s double-bill (May 27).
There was quite a lot to digest in Bernice’s epic comeback, such as the fact that she was almost shot dead by Kim Tate (Claire King) – not to mention her emotional on-screen reunion with Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham).
Fans, however, were more distracted by the character’s hairstyle, with many clocking straight away that Samantha was wearing a wig.
‘Is it me or does it look like Bernice is wearing a wig?,’ said one bemused social media user.
‘Why is Bernice wearing a wig?,’ added another puzzled viewer.
One fan even joked that Bernice’s wig would ‘have its own listing on the credits.’
Samantha weighed in on the online discussion, reiterating how the decision to wear a wig boils down to Covid-19 regulations.
‘Re wig. I only have fab hair when it’s been given a good blow dry by a professional make up artist,’ said the soap star.
‘Sadly we have to do our own hair right now and I can’t! As B is a hairdresser her hair needs to look coiffed hence wig!’
Samantha previously explained the reasoning behind the wig, telling Metro.co.uk that she’s got ‘thick, wiry frizzy hair,’ and cannot do it herself.
‘I just can’t do it!,’ she told us. ‘Obviously Bernice is a hairdresser, so she is not going to be seen looking anything less than having her coiffed look, if you like!’
Bernice is set to come between Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi) and Liam Cavanagh (Jonny McPherson) next week, and ultimately finds herself on the receiving end of a slap as a result!
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