Emmerdale's Samantha Giles admits she felt 'very low' after quitting the soap

Emmerdale star Samantha Giles has admitted she struggled to adapt after quitting her role in the soap.

The actress, 49, who is best known for playing Bernice Blackstock in Emmerdale on and off for nearly two decades, decided to finally bow out of the show last year.

Quitting in November 2019, Samantha has now revealed that the months that followed her final scenes airing had been difficult.

She told The Mirror: ‘I felt very low when I first left. I’d gone from seeing people every day and being so busy to nothing. But I had to go through it.’

Samantha explained that she knew she could easily stay in role as Bernice, but she wanted to seek out other opportunities instead.

‘I knew it would be so easy to stay [at Emmerdale] forever as it was a great job, but I wanted to try and do something different with my life,’ she admitted.

Her plans to find a new project, however, were no doubt thwarted a little, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown restrictions saw soaps shut down until recently – where sets have now adopted new social distancing guidelines to be able to continue filming – and the TV and film industry come to a standstill.

Forced to stay home, Samantha added that lockdown itself proved to be another challenge she had to take on.

‘Initially, I thought I was going to kill my husband,’ she joked, before revealing: ‘I had some very difficult weeks to be honest, when lockdown started I just wanted to get into bed and not get out.’

The soap star first made her debut on Emmerdale way back when in 1998, where she played Bernice for four years until 2002.

Samantha returned briefly in 2004, before then rejoining the soap for good in 2012, where she stayed for another seven years until deciding to say goodbye to Emmerdale for good.

Viewers watched on as Bernice called off her wedding to Liam Cavanagh (played by Jonny McPherson) and decided to head to Australia with her daughter Dee Dee.

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