Emmerdale’s Sammy Winward amazes fans with photo of lookalike actress daughter

Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward left her fans doing a double-take this week, when she shared a picture of her daughter Mia, with many noting the pair look incredibly similar.

The Katie Sugden star, 35, was just 20 when she welcomed Mia, and now the 15-year-old teen has decided to follow in her mum's footsteps.

Proud mum Sammy shared a picture of Mia's first headshot to her social media, congratulating her daughter on the milestone in her blossoming career as an actress.

"16 next week @miawinwarddunn following in my footsteps (even though she's a better actress than I ever was at that age!)," she said.

"With a new agent @scream_management, a new headshot by the amazing Colin Boulter @neilson_photo_actors and entering into the crazy world of acting."

Sammy's fans couldn't get over the uncanny resemblance between the pair, with one writing: "Spitting image of you."

One more agreed: "Wow, she is very like you."

Much like Mia, Sammy herself was just 15 when she was catapulted into the entertainment industry thanks to her role on Emmerdale, winning the Most Popular Newcomer award at the NTAs the following year.

Sammy welcomed Mia in 2005 with her then-fiancée David Dunn, though the couple decided to part ways later that year.

Her star profile as a soap star continued to rise, reaching a crescendo when Katie was spectacularly killed off in 2015.

Katie's ex-lover and brother in law Robert Sugden, played by Ryan Hawley, pushed her through the floorboards of Wylie's Farm after she photographed him kissing Aaron Dingle.

Sammy was emotional about her exit, reflecting on her final funeral scene while filming Emmerdale Family Trees last year and remarking: "It's quite hard to play dead because I wanted to cry.

"And then as soon as they said ‘cut,' that was my last scene – ever."

Since leaving Emmerdale, Sammy has focused her attention on the world of theatre, running her own acting workshops – and clearly imparting her wisdom to her daughter.

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Sammy, who is based in Bolton, previously opened up about her experience of motherhood, admitting she was "blessed" to welcome Mia into her life.

"She's the best thing to happen to me and I feel blessed to have such a great little girl," Sammy told Daily Record.

"She has a wicked sense of humour and is always making me laugh. She likes to watch Emmerdale and shouts, ‘Mum, you're on telly'. It's hilarious."

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