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Tracy's nurse in 'Emmerdale' is VERY familiar to fans — here's where you've seen her before

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Emmerdale fans will recognise a new character linked with Tracy's post-natal depression storyline. (Image credit: ITV)

Eagle-eyed Emmerdale fans might have recognised one of the new characters linked to Tracy Metcalfe's post-natal depression storyline.

This week Tracy has taken the brave step to seek help for her depression, which has taken over her life since welcoming her daughter, Frankie, into the world earlier this year. 

Wednesday evening's episode saw brave Tracy opening up to a doctor and nurse at the hospital she has been staying at, with actress Amy Walsh, who plays troubled Tracy, playing the role to perfection. 

Tracy with nurses in hospital in Emmerdale

Tracy's nurse would have been familiar to soap fans.  (Image credit: ITV)

But fans might have also noticed that Tracy's nurse, Katie Appleton, might have looked a little familiar, and that is because she is played by actress Keeley Fitzgerald, who has also appeared in Coronation Street.

The actress played Zoe White in 2017, an old friend of Gemma Winter's who caused trouble around Weatherfield when they tracked Gemma down while working at Prima Doner.

Tracy with nurses in hospital in Emmerdale

Actress Keeley Fitzgerald has been in Emmerdale before.  (Image credit: ITV)

Keeley is no stranger to the world of TV, having also previously in Emmerdale as a police officer in 2018, as well as Brief Encounters and Outings.

She has also appeared in stage productions including Beyond the Frontline, The Return of the Snow Queen, Oliver!, Goldfish, Aladdin, House of Pride, Monologue Slam, Castle of Adventure and Mother's Milk.

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With Tracy's doctors urging her to return home for a visit, things are looking up for the troubled mum and with a treatment plan already in motion, it seems Tracy might be ready to turn the corner. 

But with her relationship with Nate under strain, will she get all the support she needs to get herself back on track? 

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays - see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on ITV Hub now. 

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 whattowatch.com 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.