Scarlett is back on screen tomorrow evening (October 31) in the build-up to the funeral of her half-brother Carl King (Tom Lister), who was killed off in the soap's live episode earlier this month.
[Left: Kelsey-Beth Crossley with co-star Mark Flanagan (Thomas King) / Right: Carl King]
Crossley's alter ego will be back in Emmerdale for a handful of episodes, and she is expected to challenge Charity Sharma's attempts to take over the Kings' haulage firm.
Revealing how her return came about, Crossley told The Wright Stuff today (October 30): "I was at a party actually, and I found out that Tom was going, and I was in shock. Everyone knows he's a really well-loved character and I think everyone was a little bit like, 'What are they doing? Why?'
"But sometimes it has to be people who people really care about [who are killed off], otherwise it's not the best TV, is it?
"I'm back for ten episodes, but I get to squish a bit of drama in during that time. It's been so brilliant. It's just like a family and everyone gets on so well. I've missed everyone so much this year."
Asked whether she would make a more permanent return, the actress replied: "Well, they didn't ask me, to be honest! It's great to go in and be free to do other things, because I've got some great auditions coming up as well. I'm happy."
Viewers can also expect a new look for Scarlett when she returns, as Crossley has lost three stone during her time away from the soap.
She said: "I wasn't really that happy [with my weight] and I was getting a bit of criticism from the media, from the public. It happens, I understand. I realised myself that I wasn't that happy with it, so I joined the gym and joined Slimming World and I feel a lot happier now."
Crossley bowed out from the role of Scarlett last year.