Gemma Atkinson addresses her return to Hollyoaks

The star shared the message on Instagram

Aisha Nozari

Gemma Atkinson is returning to Hollyoaks! Well, sort of.

The star took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal that her character Lisa Armstrong will be back, as the channel airs an important episode that Gemma filmed more than 18 years ago.

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The episode is about Lisa and her struggle with self-harm, and alongside the news, Gemma shared an important message, explaining how essential the storyline is.

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WATCH: Gemma catches Mia doing the cheekiest thing! 

"Well this is exciting!" began Gemma, sharing a screengrab of an article that read: "Hollyoaks spoilers: Soap will revisit Lisa Hunter's self-harm storyline as Gemma Atkinson returns."

"FYI it's not me returning to Hollyoaks," she continued.

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Gemma addressed the soap on Instagram 

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"Basically they're going to be re-airing the storyline that I shot as Lisa Hunter almost 18 – well 18 years ago." 

"And I'm really happy about this because when we shot the self-harm storyline, back then it helped a lot of people. And that was before social media, before everything really."

Gemma added that she hoped the throwback episode would have as much impact in 2020: "So the impact was great then, and I'm hoping [it will be] second time around, anyone who needs help or is struggling, or knows someone who is, can hopefully take something from it and get help."

The doting mum concluded: "So yeah, Lisa Hunter will be back, I'll keep you posted as to when."

It's shaping up to be an exciting summer for Gemma, her partner Gorka Marquez and their one-year-old daughter Mia.

The family are currently gearing up to move into a beautiful new home, however, Gemma admitted that the process is somewhat bittersweet – especially when she's forced to leave sentimental objects behind.

Gesturing to a comfortable cream armchair sitting in the corner of her Manchester home, the former actress told her Instagram followers: "Gorka doesn't want this chair - everything is brand new in the new house. This is my home that Gorka moved into but the next home is our home together, so I get that." 

She explained it wasn't the style of the chair that was causing their disagreement - despite Gemma stating "it won't go with anything" in the new house - but the memories it provokes.

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