Emmerdale fans delighted to see village regular return after months missing on screen

Where had they been?!

A village regular returned to Emmerdale this week – and fans were thrilled to have her back.

Pearl Ladderbanks had not been on screen for months, before she reappeared on screen on Monday (January 13).

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Pearl returned! But where had she been!? (Credit: ITV)

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Veteran resident Pearl – played by Meg Johnson – mysteriously disappeared last October, and hadn’t been seen since – leading some to believe she might have been killed off-screen.

But fans were happy when she turned up in the cafe and was reunited with Brenda.

Good to see Pearl’s still alive.

Pearl – played by actress Meg Johnson – revealed she’d been living in a static caravan of all places during her time away from the village.

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Brenda gave Pearl a warm welcome (Credit: ITV)

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Pearl, who has been on the show since 2003, enjoyed a cup of tea and a natter with Brenda.

During the opening minutes of the episode, Brenda welcomed her friend and said: “I’ve heard all about you gallivanting off on your caravan holiday. I’ve been quite jealous.”

She added: “Oh it’s lovely to have you back.”

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Pearl made a welcome return to Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Bizarrely, though, Pearl didn’t actually say anything during the scene, which baffled some viewers.

One said: “So the lesser spotted Pearl returns after eight months to not even speak? #Emmerdale.”

Another said: “Dear Pearl, it really IS lovely to have you back. We LOVE Pearl. #Emmerdale.”

A third added: “Good to see Pearl’s still alive.”

So good to see Pearl again, I’ve missed her,” said one more.

Was Pearl’s return a brief one, or will she be involved in any upcoming storylines?

During her time on the soap, Pearl has been involved in some hard-hitting storylines including an addiction to online gambling, getting scammed by an internet get-rich-quick scheme and being blackmailed by Eric.

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