Beth Cordingly has joined the cast of Emmerdale in the role of Ruby Fox-Milligan.
Described as "fiery, confident, unpredictable and a fiercely-devoted mum", Ruby arrives in the village determined to find out what Caleb has been up to without her.
"I'm delighted to be joining the cast of Emmerdale, it's an enormous privilege and Ruby is a dream role," said Cordingly, who has previously appeared in Family Affairs and The Bill.
"She's a firecracker and a trouble-maker and I think people will love her or hate her, and I can't wait to get stuck in with this fabulous cast."
Producer Kate Brooks added: "Ruby is an absolute force of nature who sweeps through the village with scores to settle. Fiercely loyal to her family, Ruby will do anything and everything to protect her loved ones.
"Her relationship with Caleb is infused with intense passion that manifests itself as the ultimate volatile relationship. Ruby is a character who pulls no punches and always makes an impression.
"We're delighted to welcome Beth to the show and we're sure she'll make a wonderful addition to the village."
Cordingly has already begun filming and Ruby will be seen on screen for the first time in January.
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