Emmerdale's Paige Sandhu reunites with co-stars after Meena exit

Emmerdale's former star Paige Sandhu has reunited with her on-screen sister Rebecca Sarker during a recent night out.

Sarker, who's still in the cast of the ITV soap as Manpreet Sharma, posted a picture on her Instagram page as she was enjoying dinner with Sandhu and Emmerdale's Fiona Wade.

Both Sandhu, who gave an award-winning performance as serial killer Meena Jutla, and Wade, who played Priya Kotecha for 11 years, have now left the series.

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The trio were all smiles as they were having an Italian dinner, topped off with a choice of tiramisu for dessert.

"The perfect 'pick-me-up,'" Sarker captioned the snaps with a nod to the pudding's literal translation.

Co-stars and fans were glad to see the three together again, with Vanessa Woodfield star Michelle Hardwick, who also recently left Emmerdale, writing: "Gorgeous photo."

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Unfortunately, the co-stars' reunion doesn't seem to be connected to a potential return for either Meena or Priya.

Jutla left the soap last April when her villainous Meena was given a life sentence. Despite fans calling for a comeback, the actress ruled out a potential appearance further down the line.

"No, it's not a possibility and it won't be a possibility. I've loved playing her and I've loved working at Emmerdale, but I feel like the story came to an end," Jutla told Digital Spy at the Inside Soap Awards 2022. "I mean, we did do everything, didn't we? We went for it! I feel like to come back would be over-egging the story."

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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