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Former Dynasty star Emma Samms 'jumped at chance' to return as Jimmi’s ex wife in BBC’s Doctors

Former Dynasty star Emma Samms to return as Jimmi’s ex wife in BBC’s Doctors
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Dynasty actress Emma Samms is returning to Doctors as Amanda, the former wife of GP Jimmi Clay, who turns to her ex for help following a bereavement

Former Dynasty actress, Emma Samms, is returning to Doctors to reprise her role as Amanda, the ex-wife of doctor Jimmi Clay [played by Adrian Lewis Morgan] who turns to the GP for support following the death of her most recent husband.

Mum of two, Emma, who was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her services to seriously and terminally ill children and is the co-founder of the Starlight Children’s Foundation which helps the families with terminally ill children, will be back in Leatherbridge next month.

Speaking about her return, Emma said: "I have such fond memories of working on doctors 12 years ago, in particular with Adrian. So when they asked me to come back, and promised I could work with Adrian again I jumped at the chance."

Emma added that it was "enormous fun" playing Amanda, before saying: "Adrian is the only member of the cast that I knew from before, but everyone has been so welcoming and absolutely delightful, in particular Dido, who plays Emma... I wish I could have done more scenes with her, even though it's confusing that her character is called Emma too!"

Emma Samms back in her Dynasty days

A spokesperson for Doctors said, "Since leaving Leatherbridge in 2005 Amanda has got married but has become entangled in a bitter dispute following the death of her husband."

Events have escalated and she has found herself  ostracised by her late hubby's children who have cut her out their father's will.

Devastated and with no-one else to turn to, Amanda, who now goes by the name of Amanda Vardalis,  shows up at the Mill to seek help from her former lover and hubby, Jimmi.

But how will Jimmi react to have her back in his life after all this time?

Emma, shot to fame in 1982, playing Holly Sutton Scorpio on American daytime soap, General Hospital,  before leaving to join the cast of Dynasty as Fallon Carrington Colby which starred Dame Joan Collins as super-bitch Alexis Carrington.

She then joined the spin-off show The Colby’s for two seasons  before returning to Dynasty until 1989.

In 2003 she appeared in four episodes of Holby City before joining Doctors in 2005.

Since then she has appeared in Children in Need reality series Celebrity Scissorhands, showing off her hairdressing skills and has also had a guest role on The Bill.

She originally trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet School but left at the age of 15 following a hip injury and decided to pursue an acting career.

In 2014 she put her ballet skills to use when she appeared as a contestant in BBC gymnastics show Tumble which also featured Loose Women host Andrea McLean, Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and former EastEnder John Partridge. Emma was the second celebrity to be eliminated.

Doctors continues on BBC1.

Tess Lamacraft
Tess Lamacraft

Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.