Emmerdale has lined up a new twist in the harrowing Victoria Barton rape storyline, with her attacker Lee Posner's mother making an appearance in the village.
The ITV soap has cast Casualty's Susan Cookson as Lee's mum Wendy, who will arrive and defend her son.
However, it's unclear as to whether Wendy is aware of Victoria's pregnancy, as well as how she will react if she finds out.
Cookson is perhaps best-known for playing Dr Maggie Coldwell on Casualty, and has said that she's thrilled to be joining Emmerdale.
"I am thrilled and delighted to be joining the community, both on and off screen, that is Emmerdale," the star said.
"I am also excited about tackling all the gritty and emotional storylines that are ahead for my character Wendy. I'm thrilled to be playing such a fantastic character."
Executive Producer Jane Hudson added: "Susan is a fabulous addition to the cast and we are delighted to have welcomed her onto the Emmerdale team. She is a brilliant actor and we can't wait for the drama Wendy brings to play out."
The storyline has recently seen Victoria cut ties with brother Robert Sugden after his unwanted intervention led to questioning from the police.
Emmerdale airs on ITV.
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