Emmerdale's Isabel Hodgins and Matthew Wolfenden to return to filming

Emmerdale actors Isabel Hodgins and Matthew Wolfenden are reportedly returning to filming on the ITV soap, following an absence of several months.

Both actors, who play Victoria Barton and David Metcalfe respectively, have been off our screens since Super Soap Week ended in October, with the on-screen couple revealed to be on holiday in Portugal together visiting Victoria's stepmother, Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen).

The Sun has now reported that the actors are going to be back on set, following previous reports of a race row; both actors have denied any suggestion of racism, describing the alleged incident as a "misunderstanding", with no formal suspension taking place during their absence.

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Photo credit: ITV

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It was reported in November that a mixed-race actress on the soap had been upset by an "inappropriate comment" made during filming of Super Soap Week scenes, and that her accent had been mimicked.

The Sun now reports that ITV accepts Hodgins and Wolfenden's claims that they were misheard and no formal action will be taken against them, so they are returning to work.

An Emmerdale spokesperson told Digital Spy: "While we would never comment on individual cases, Emmerdale has robust policies in place to deal with any allegations brought to our attention and take the appropriate steps."

Last month, Emmerdale did not comment on reports that Ellis Chapman actor Aaron Anthony is leaving the soap when his current contract ends and that he felt "angry" about the alleged incident.

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Photo credit: ITV

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Meanwhile, within the soap, while Victoria and David have been away from the village they've been safe from David's murderous ex, Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu), but it's possible that their return may put them in danger once again.

After the couple left the Dales behind, Meena turned her attentions to Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle), eventually lying that she was pregnant with his baby to prevent him from reuniting with Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley).

She has also claimed another victim in the form of Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon), while she is now plotting the demises of Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson) and her own sister, Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker).

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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