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Emmerdale newcomer Zeri Cheetham-Karcz – aka Marcia – isn’t a stranger to soaps

Did you recognise her?

Emmerdale newcomer Zeri Cheetham-Karcz made her first appearance on the ITV soap this week, but you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d seen her before.

Zeri joined the cast for a guest appearance playing Marcia, a representative for the wedding competition that has couples Sam and Lydia and Bernice and Liam pitted against each other.

Zeri as Marcia in Emmerdale
Zeri as Marcia in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

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After being entered by Leyla, Bernice and Liam were set to become the area’s candidates for Yorkshire’s Sweethearts, until Andrea introduced a frisson of rivalry by bringing in Lydia and Sam.

On Thursday (October 3), Marcia met both couples to interview them and attempt to narrow down one pair for the finals.

As actress Zeri shared her excitement over her appearance in the soap on Twitter, fans might have been wondering why she looked so familiar.

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In fact, Zeri – credited as Zeriozha Annika – previously appeared in Coronation Street as a nurse for two episodes in 2017 and 2018.

TV fans may also recognise her from the BBC’s school drama Waterloo Road.

The Yorkshire-born actress starred as Celine Dixon in the series from 2007 until 2008, playing a troubled pupil at Waterloo Road.

Waterloo Road
Remember Zeri from her ill-fated love triangle in Waterloo Road? (Credit: BBC)

Her character was caught in the middle of a love triangle with Donte Charles and Chlo Grainger.

In real life, Zeri is mum to two sons, Rocco and Romeo, and got married herself just last year.

Of course, Donte star Adam Thomas also went on to appear in ITV’s Emmerdale as Adam Barton.

Adam is currently on the run from prison, after being charged with a crime he didn’t commit.

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