Emmerdale’s Katie Sugden star details why she turned down soap return ‘I said no’

Emmerdale: Sammy Winward discusses possibility of return

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As Emmerdale viewers will remember, Katie Sugden died in the show back in 2015 when she fell to her death during an argument with Robert Sugden. Appearing on ITV’s Loose Women, Sammy Winward joined Stacey Solomon, Janet Street-Porter, Kaye Adams and Jane Moore and revealed she was offered the chance to return to Emmerdale and revive her character from beyond the grave.

Sammy, 35, who played the role of Katie between 2001 to 2015, explained she was given the opportunity to revive her character Katie as a ghost.

Katie fell to her death after getting into an argument with her ex-partner Robert Sugden (played by Ryan Hawley), who had a secret affair with Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller).

Picking up on their striking appearances, Kaye said to Sammy’s daughter Mia: “I hope I’m alright saying this, but you really are the spitting image of your mum.”

Janet went on to ask: “Sammy, is there a way you could ever go back once you’ve been killed off in a soap?”

“Well, interestingly enough, I was asked to go back as a ghost, so even though I was killed off, I was asked to come back as a ghost,” Sammy explained.

“I said no, but not like in a huffy way I just didn’t really fancy it.

“I was just envisioning myself in a white sheet with eye-holes cut out, you know.

“I don’t think there any way that I could come back unless I called them up and said, ‘I’ll take you up on that offer of being a ghost’,” she said.

Janet replied with her own idea and said: “I think you could’ve had a long-lost identical twin sister, who could possibly be also played by Mia.

“There must be a way to get your old job back, you know, given all the convolutions and all the extraordinary things that have happened on a show like Emmerdale, I can’t believe a ghost is your only option!” she exclaimed.

“I mean, you say that like it sounds almost ridiculous, but we’re talking about a soap, it is possible, you know?” Sammy joked.

Stacey asked whether Sammy was still in touch with anyone from Emmerdale after watching a VT of her and Kelvin Fletcher, who played lover Andy Sugden, in one of their first scenes together.

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“I’m in touch with so many of the people at Emmerdale, I mean, we’re like family basically, working with each other 12 hours a day, six days a week.

“So you just become like family members, so I’m on the phone to them pretty much every day even though I’ve not been there for so long,” Sammy explained, with the four presenters giving her an emotional response.

“It makes me not miss the job as much because I loved the job so much it makes me not miss it as much.”

The Loose Women ladies also spoke to Sammy about the acting workshops she hosts for young people and asked whether she knew immediately they’ve got what it takes.

“Absolutely, sometimes kids will come into the group because I teach from four years up to 18, and they’re desperately quiet and so shy,” Sammy explained.

“Just certain techniques can get them out of their shell, and then all of sudden you’re like ‘Wow, this kids actually got it’, and it’s just giving them a chance and giving them that confidence.”

Before ending their interview, Kaye joked: “Well, Sammy, if we see a sheet hovering in the corner of The Woolpack at some point, we’ll know it’s you, or maybe Mia!”

Emmerdale airs weekday evenings at 7pm on ITV. 
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