Good news for 'Emmerdale' fans as Bernice Blackstock gets THIS major image overhaul

Emmerdale Bernice Blackstock gets slapped by Leyla
Emmerdale star Samantha Giles has been wearing a wig ever since returning as Bernice Blackstock. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale star Samantha Giles has revealed that the wig that she wears as Bernice Blackstock has been axed by soap bosses after it attracted too much attention from fans. 

Eagle-eyed viewers have noticed that Bernice has been sporting different hair ever since she returned to the village from Australia last month. But her new look wasn't down to a new Aussie trend that Bernice had picked up while she was away, but instead all down to Covid restrictions which now see Emmerdale cast doing their own hair and make-up. 

While talking about her return to the soap, actress Samantha Giles, who has played Bernice on and off since 1999 told the press: "I have had to have a wig because I've got very, very, very think, coarse, frizzy hair and I can't do it myself. Bernice is a hairdresser, so obviously she is not going to be seen looking anything less than having a coiffed look. 

Emmerdale Bernice looking sad while wearing her new wig

Emmerdale viewers have been talking about Bernice's wig ever since she returned from Australia.  (Image credit: ITV)

"It sounds like we're all being precious but if you have got a difficult or emotional scene, you don't want to be messing about checking your blusher or your hair, or if your collar is tucked inside your coat. You want to be concentrating on the lines and the work."

But nothing much gets past soap fans and people soon started talking about the wig so much on social media that Emmerdale bosses decided it was getting too much attention...

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But now Bernice's wig is no more because Samantha told The Mirror that it had started attracting too much attention amongst viewers: "The wig has had more publicity than anything at the moment. I had the latest message from upstairs, as we call them, to say, 'Just do whatever it takes, just get the wig off her.'

"So I'm allowed to have my hair blow-dried twice a week, it will be one of two people who does it, so it is still very Covid-safe. I still have to do my own make-up, but at least I get my hair done, thank goodness."

Emmerdale usually airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays, however this week there are schedule changes because of Euro 2020 and the soap will air Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You can also stream all of this week's episodes on ITV Hub. See our TV Guide for full listings. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

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.