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Emmerdale: Amy Walsh playing Sam Dingle's new girlfriend

Former Hollyoaks Later star Amy Walsh is playing Sam Dingle's new love interest in Emmerdale.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the actress had landed a stint on the ITV soap, but full details of her role can be confirmed for the first time today (July 1).

Sam offers Tracy a place to stay


Sam and Tracy

Amy, who is the sister of Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, has been cast in the part of Tracy Shankley - a chaotic character who divides opinion when she makes her first appearance in the village next week.

Tracy arrives in Emmerdale to catch up with Sam (James Hooton) after they came into contact via an adult chat line. He offers her a place to stay, but Lisa quickly becomes suspicious over the newcomer's motives and kicks her out.

Sam's boss Declan Macey soon takes pity on him by agreeing that he and Tracy can stay at Brook Cottage for a while, but with Robbie Lawson still squatting at the property, they find themselves with an unexpected housemate.

Lisa catches Sam with Tracy


Lisa catches Sam with Tracy

Declan offers to let Sam and Tracy stay at the Brook.


Declan offers to let Sam and Tracy stay

An Emmerdale source told Digital Spy: "With Tracy sticking around in the village, Lisa and Zak remain suspicious over her intentions and insist that she won't get a penny from Sam. Are they right to be worried?"

Amy previously played the role of Jenifique McQueen in Hollyoaks Later's fourth series in 2011. Kimberley's older sister Sally also appeared in Emmerdale as Lyn Hutchinson between 1997 and 2000.

Tracy's arrival in Emmerdale airs on Monday, July 7 at 7pm on ITV.

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