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Former Emmerdale star Emily Head lands huge new role with Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Emily Head attends the "Waitress" media night at Adelphi Theatre on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images) (Image credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Emily will be joining the cast of The Syndicate...

It has been announced that Emmerdale actress Emily Head has landed a new role in BBC One drama, The Syndicate.

The former Emmerdale star is better known to fans as Rebecca White in the soap after playing the millionaire character between 2016 and 2018.

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Emily is familiar to TV fans as Emmerdale's Rebecca White (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: Andrew Boyce)

Emily will be joining other familiar faces from the world of soaps, including former Coronation Street favourites Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn.

Former Emmerdale star Gaynor Faye, who played Megan Macey in the soap, will also be in the new series of the BBC One drama.

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But it's not just soap stars who are appearing in the cast.

Neil Morrissey will be playing the role of a newsagent, and Strictly star Joe Sugg is also rumoured to have landed a part on the show.

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Former Coronation Street star Kym Marsh is also starring in the BBC One drama (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: Joseph Scanlon)

The Syndicate, written by Kay Mellor, follows a different group of people all involved in a lottery syndicate in each series.

The first series took place in a supermarket, and the second series took place in a public hospital.

The third series was then set in a stately home, meaning each series is completely different.

Emily's new role...

Emily will play Colette in the fourth series, which will see the staff at Woodvale Kennels win the lottery jackpot.

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Katie McGlynn, who played Coronation Street's Sinead Tinker will appear in The Syndicate (Picture: ITV)

But their joy soon turns to horror when they find they've been cheated out of their winnings.

Speaking of the new series, Kay Mellor hinted to The Sun: "This series is a brand new story about a syndicate of low paid kennel workers, who think they've won the lottery but have been robbed of their ticket.

"The chase to confront the culprit takes us to the wealthy French Riviera where the young syndicate find themselves well out of their depths."

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.