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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.