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'Emmerdale' casts feisty newcomer Rachel

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Emmerdale bosses have announced that a feisty new character named Rachel Breckle is to arrive in the village in July.

The new arrival, played by actress Gemma Oaten, is defensive, argumentative and insistent on defending her young niece Amelia (to be played by 7-year-old Daisy Campbell), after she is accused of bullying Samson Dingle.

The 27-year-old previously appeared in BBC1's Doctors and has been in various stage productions at Drama Studio London.

Rachel Breckle from Emmerdale

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Pictured: Gemma Oaten as Rachel Breckle.

Oaten said: "I'm thrilled to be joining Emmerdale. I've always watched the show and getting the part of Rachel is a dream come true. She is a fantastic character and I'm so excited about filming my first scenes."

Series producer Stuart Blackburn added: "I'm delighted to welcome Gemma to the cast. Rachel will certainly ruffle a few feathers with her straight-talking approach but beneath the surface she is fiercely loyal with a hidden heart of gold."

Oaten starts filming this month and viewers will see her arrival on screen in late July.

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