Former Coronation Street star Denise Black, known to viewers for her role as hairdresser Denise Osbourne, is joining the cast of Emmerdale.

The actress, 55, began filming the ITV soap this week and will play the adoptive grandmother of Kyle, the child Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny) gave up shortly after he was born.

Denise - who also starred in Channel 4 series Queer As Folk - will be seen from August in her new role.

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Amy gave Kyle - her child with bad boy Cain Dingle - up for adoption two years ago, after giving birth in the village graveyard. Viewers will learn that the youngster is now living with his caring and loving grannie Joanie, played by Denise.

She said: "Joanie's a character I've never played before. My first grandma. Dear lord, that came round quick.

"She is going to get some very tasty stories, so I'm really looking forward to it. I already know quite a few of the cast and I met Lesley Dunlop (Brenda Walker) on my first day, who said 'you'll love it here, it's a lovely job'. The casting came through on my birthday so there we go, what a present. I can't believe my luck."

Series producer Kate Oates said: "Her story will see her playing against some of our best-loved characters, and I know an actress of her calibre will be a fabulous asset to the show."

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  • 19. Brookside 1994: Beth and Margaret's lesbian kiss

  • 18. EastEnders 1998: Tiffany is run over and killed

  • 17. Coronation Street 1996: Raquel leaves the Street

  • 16. Emmerdale 2011: Aaron helps Jackson end his life

  • 12. EastEnders 2005: Den is murdered by Chrissie

  • 15. Coronation Street 2006: Mike Baldwin dies

  • 14. EastEnders 2009: Sonia gives birth not knowing she's pregnant

  • 13. Emmerdale 2003: Chris poisons himself and then proceeds to frame Charity

  • 11. Hollyoaks 2008: Niall's explosive revenge on the McQueen family

  • 10. EastEnders 2007: Stacy and Max's affair is revealed

  • 9. Emmerdale 1997: Kim lets Frank die

  • 8. Coronation Street 2003: Tricky Dickie drives the Platts into the canal

  • 7. EastEnders 2009: Danielle dies in Ronnie's arms

  • 6. Brookside 1995: The body under the patio is dug

  • 5. Emmerdale 1993: The plane crash

  • 4. Coronation Street 1998: Deirdre is sent down

  • 3. EastEnders 2001: Kat tells Zoe she's her mum

  • 2. Coronation Street 2010: The tram crash

  • 1. EastEnders 1994: Sharongate

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