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Emmerdale star Isabel Hodgins reveals why she’s dramatically changed her hair!

Victoria opens up to Moira in Emmerdale

'I just don't want hair anymore' says Isabel, seen here with her old look as Victoria

When Emmerdale star Isabel Hodgins returns as Victoria Barton tonight, the first thing viewers will probably notice is her new haircut!

As Victoria, Isabel previously sported a long bob, but when she turns up in the village again after a break the 25-year-old actress will be seen with a new pixie cut.

Victoria shocks Diane and Robert in Emmerdale

Victoria returns in Emmerdale and she's got short-cropped hair

Explaining why she’s gone for shorter hair, Isabel told Digital Spy: “I have got very thick, curly, unruly hair and I wanted it gone.

“I’m not having a meltdown, I just don’t want hair anymore.

“They were like, ‘Oh that ties in with the story’. Life is so much easier and it’s a lot quicker in make-up.”

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Emmerdale star Isabel Hodgins shows off her new look on the red carpet at Saturday's British Soap Awards

Isabel Hodgins shows off her new look on the red carpet at Saturday's British Soap Awards (pic: David Fisher/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Having being raped following a night out, Victoria is now pregnant and when she returns she soon tells a stunned Robert and Diane that she’s planning to keep the baby.

Robert takes the news especially badly and he makes it clear that he thinks she should terminate the pregnancy.

Isabel, who joined Emmerdale in 2006, adds: “She’s got choices to make and she’s fine with her choices and Robert isn’t, so there’s gonna be a bit of tension in the family and who’s gonna support her, who isn’t and that’s gonna be really interesting.”

She continued that it will break Victoria’s heart that her brother can’t be there for her in her hour of need.

Victoria, though, starts to feel stronger in herself and tells Marlon that she’s had a long spell off work due to “flu”. And later Victoria tells her best mate Matty (Ash Palmisciano) about the attack. Matty is left feeling guilty because he’s recently been berating Victoria for “Not being there for him” and now he knows the reason why...

Emmerdale continues tonight on ITV at 7pm.

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