Emmerdales Samantha Giles seen for first time after quitting soap

Emmerdale's Samantha Giles says she misses stage acting

Samantha Giles walked the red carpet for the first time after it was claimed she had quit the Dales.

The 52-year-old put on an eye-catching display as she donned a summery look at the National Cat Awards on Monday night.

The soap star was all smiles as she posed for photos in a yellow silk dress which was embroidered with red and pink roses.

The floor-length frock featured billowing sleeves and sat just above ankles as she paired the attire with a pair of quirky red heels.

Samantha accompanied her look with a pink crossbody bag and accessorised with an assortment of jewellery, including a silver necklace and drop earrings.

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The Bernice Blackstock star sported blown out auburn locks and spruced up her appearance with a rouge lip and a smokey eye.

Taking to Twitter last night, she praised the event, writing: “Brilliant evening last night celebrating #NationalCatAwards @CatsProtection @CPMediaTeam and meeting the fabulous @justineclaire75 and #samantharenke.”

The cat-loving actress attended the event to celebrate the UK’s most worthy felines who were awarded for their achievements at the event held at Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

The ceremony is held annually by the UK charity Cats Protection to highlight the relationship between cats and humans.

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Samantha’s appearance comes just days after it was reported she could potentially be leaving the soap.

According to The Sun, she will leave this year – making it the fourth time she has quit since her debut in 1998.

A source said: “Bernice Blackstock has been in and out of Emmerdale village more than they change the barrels at The Woolpack.

“She’s always welcomed back with open arms by ITV and fans alike, but it’s now becoming a bit of a running joke.

“It wouldn’t pay to bet on whether Samantha will one day be back, but for now she will leave the soap later this year.”

Express.co.uk has reached out to ITV for comment.

It comes as the soap star recently landed a new role away from the Dales.

Samantha will be swapping Emmerdale for the stage as she is set to appear in Cinderella at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre, where she will play the wicked stepmother.

She shared: “I am beyond excited to be playing the wicked stepmother in Cinderella at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Billy Pearce, the absolute king of panto, and the Alhambra itself is such a beautiful theatre that I have long wished to work at.”

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