Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Katie will make her first appearance in scenes airing next week as a new mum who Diane (Alex Fletcher) meets while trying to avoid attending her hospital sessions.
Next Tuesday (July 6), Diane will try to get Tony to help her clean the house, but he suggests they go out for a walk instead. Diane is still struggling with her OCD and admits she's not ready for a day out.
Tony is later worried when he finds out Diane has been skipping her postnatal hospital appointments to keep tabs on her blood pressure.
Diane will later head to the hospital, but a chance meeting with new mum Becky gives her yet another chance to skip her appointment. Becky shares her own feelings during the chat.
While the two women bond, Diane opens up to Becky about all of the fears she's having as a new mum. A chance meeting with Tony and a slip of the tongue sees Becky revealing that Diane missed her hospital appointment again.
Diane will meet up with Becky again later in the week, and it starts to become clear that she's not being entirely genuine about her motivations.
Addressing joining the soap recently, Katie said: "The whole team couldn't have been any more welcoming so far and I'm hopeful the story will have an impact on the viewers as it covers some extremely current and important issues.
"I'm super humbled to continue doing the work I really love and hope everyone enjoys watching it all unfold on screen as much as I've enjoyed filming it so far."
This role is Katie's return to soaps since her award-winning portrayal of Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street, having exited the ITV soap in 2019.
Hollyoaks will be airing these scenes in the week commencing Monday, July 5 on Channel 4 and E4.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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