Emmerdale bosses have promoted guest star Olivia Bromley to a regular cast member, Digital Spy can exclusively confirm.
The actress recently reprised her role as troubled Dawn, who popped in and out of the show this year as part of Ross Barton’s acid attack storyline.
Viewers recently saw Dawn return when she was caught squatting in Ross’s empty house, while next week’s episodes will explore a mystery connection that she shares with local vicar Harriet Finch.
Digital Spy can now confirm that Olivia is a show regular on Emmerdale and will be sticking around in the ITV soap.
A show source told Digital Spy: “The show’s team were impressed with Olivia’s performances and there are interesting plans ahead for Dawn in future stories.”
Speaking about the plans to explore Dawn’s past, Olivia explained: “I’m just really glad we get to look at her backstory because when she came in initially, it was to support Ross’s acid attack story. But also she clearly had problems – abuse, drug addiction, and she was involved with a pimp.
“It was clear from the beginning that her heart was in the right place, but we never really got to understand why she was in that situation. I think it’s really important to see why this vulnerable woman is where she is.
“I think there will be a deep dive into this woman – into a place where she is trapped in a cycle of addiction and understanding how someone can get themselves into that position. But also how she survived and maybe how she’ll be able to get out of it with help and support.”
On the plans ahead for Dawn in 2019, Olivia added: “I’m really excited and hopeful about where the storyline goes with Dawn. I think she’ll continue to make lots of mistakes and wreak havoc, but some big things are ahead and lots of drama. It’ll be great to watch and hopefully, there’ll be some positivity amongst the darkness.”
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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