Emmerdale star Louise Jameson signs new deal to continue role of Mary Goskirk for a further year

Emmerdale star Louise Jameson signs new deal to continue her role of Mary Goskirk for a further 12 months… after proving a hit with soap fans

Louise Jameson has signed a contract to a further 12 months on Emmerdale after arriving on-screen in the soap during 2022.

The actress, 71, who has previously appeared on Doctor Who, portrays Mary Goskirk, the mother of Rhona (Zoe Henry) in the show.

And her character, who revealed she was a lesbian in emotional scenes last year, has proved to be a hit among fans of the show.

Keeping it going: Emmerdale star Louise Jameson has signed a new deal to continue her role of Mary Goskirk for a further 12 months

Keeping it going: Emmerdale star Louise Jameson has signed a new deal to continue her role of Mary Goskirk for a further 12 months

Louise has now confirmed that she isn’t going anywhere in the next year and even hinted at further extending the role to multiple years.

Talking to The Sun, she revealed: ‘I’ve just signed for another year, so I’m definitely there until January 2024.

‘In my head I’m thinking maybe a couple of years after that, maybe a three or four year stint.’

While a few years on the cards, the actress isn’t ruling out anything as she continued: ‘But there are people here who have been here 25 years going, “Yeah, I said that at the beginning.” But who knows? They’re such a lovely bunch, who knows?” 

Character: Louise joined Emmerdale last year as character Mary Goskirk, who came out as lesbian recently on the soap

Character: Louise joined Emmerdale last year as character Mary Goskirk, who came out as lesbian recently on the soap

Family ties: Her character was introduced as the mother of Rhona (Zoe Henry)

Family ties: Her character was introduced as the mother of Rhona (Zoe Henry)

Last summer, Louise’s character Mary revealed that she was a lesbian while explaining that she had moved to the Dales for a fresh start and to ‘be more open about myself’.

The emotional and open storyline proved a hit with fans as many shared that it had even inspired them to come out to family members. 

An insider allegedly told The Sun: ‘Louise has been a revelation on Emmerdale and bosses were keen for her to stay.’

Future: Talking about the role, she explained: 'In my head I¿m thinking maybe a couple of years after that, maybe a three or four year stint'

Future: Talking about the role, she explained: ‘In my head I’m thinking maybe a couple of years after that, maybe a three or four year stint’

Prior to joining Emmerdale in 2022, Louise had made quite the mark on British TV and even appeared on the soap as a different character over 40 years before.

She had a short stint on the soap in 1973 as character Sharon Crosswaite, before going on to appear on Doctor Who in 1977.

Appearing alongside fourth Doctor Tom Baker as his companion, the actress portrayed Leela in the sci-fi series for 40 episodes.

In true soap-land style, Louise has even appeared in EastEnders too back in 1998, playing Rosa di Marco for two years. 

History: Louise appeared alongside fourth Doctor Who star Tom Baker as his companion, Leela, in the sci-fi series for 40 episodes (pictured)

History: Louise appeared alongside fourth Doctor Who star Tom Baker as his companion, Leela, in the sci-fi series for 40 episodes (pictured)

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