Pauline Quirke has signed a new Emmerdale contract which will see her stick with the soap for at least another year.
The actress has proved a hit with fans of the Yorkshire-based show since being cast in the role of Jackson Walsh’s devoted mum Hazel back in the summer.
According to The Sun, Quirke’s new deal runs for 12 months and she has been tipped for some surprising new twists in 2011.
Speaking of the news, Emmerdale‘s executive producer Steve November commented: “Pauline has been a real asset to the show and we’re delighted she has agreed to stay. Next year is going to be dramatic for Hazel in many unexpected ways.”
Quirke added: “I’ve had a great time and was really thrilled to be asked to stay on longer.”
Hazel’s current storyline sees her frantically making plans for Christmas in order to ensure that Jackson can be home for the festive season following the serious injuries he suffered in a train crash accident.