Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale welcomed Jacob Gallagher back to the village on Thursday night (June 17) after an eight-month break.
Viewers saw Jacob return from Portugal just in time to see Leyla Harding and Liam Cavanagh tie the knot in a romantic ceremony.
In real life, Joe-Warren Plant – who plays Jacob – took time out from Emmerdale to compete in ITV skating show Dancing on Ice at the start of the year. He was a favourite to win, but sadly had to pull out of the contest after testing positive for COVID-19.
Joe-Warren recently caught up with Digital Spy for an exclusive chat about his comeback and what's next for Jacob.
How does it feel to be back?
"I'm absolutely over the moon to be finally back on set! It's been eight months since I left the show to start my training for Dancing on Ice and it feels like it's gone on forever.
"It's hands down the longest I've been away from the village, but I'm pleased to be back now."
Was it fun to shoot the wedding?
"We had a lot of fun filming the wedding sequence. It felt like a much-needed breath of fresh air, being back on set. We were also blessed with really nice weather that day, so it was nice to hang out with the gang in between takes and to have a catch-up."
Where was the wedding filmed?
"We filmed those scenes in a beautiful barn conversion just outside of Harrogate. I felt like I was on the set of a big-budget movie! It's always lovely when we film in a different location other than the studio we are used to.
"They are typically long days, but when there's a lot of cast and crew on set, there's never a dull moment."
Has much changed since you have been away from the show?
"Although I've been away for quite a long time, not much has changed on set. We are all still following the strict COVID guidelines and taking the precautions necessary to keep us on air.
"There are also a lot of new brilliant cast members on the show who I haven't got round to meeting yet, due to our cohort system."
How are you finding all of the restrictions on set?
"We are all very much used to the restrictions in place now. We must all stay two metres apart at all times and are in charge of our own hair and make-up – I'm not good at that part!
"Hopefully things will start to return back to normal in the future and I can get a proper makeover from the make-up department and look a bit better on screen!"
How was it to see your castmates again?
"I hadn't seen them all in so long and I consider them as family, so when I arrived back on set, it was an amazing feeling to reunite with them.
"I get on well with everybody, but Roxy (Leyla) and Matthew (David) in particular constantly make me cry with laughter every single day. Those two are such a comical double act."
What have you done in between Dancing on Ice and your return to Emmerdale?
"Honestly I've spent most of my time in bed, sleeping. I was so physically and mentally exhausted from Dancing on Ice, I needed a couple of months of just doing nothing to reset and regain myself. But I'm feeling refreshed now and ready to get stuck in with some intense storylines."
How did you feel about having to withdraw from Dancing on Ice?
"It was pretty gutting to have to withdraw due to something that was out of my control. I still had a lot left to prove and was improving each session. I really wanted to make that final but mine and Vanessa's run was pretty successful I think, apart from my fall, and I was happy with how my journey on the ice turned out."
Will you keep up with your skating?
"I will definitely keep ice skating, I completely fell in love with it. The sport requires a beautiful balance of physicality, mental awareness and also style and grace.
"The fact the we were all training with very high-level coaches made everything, not only hard but very enjoyable.
"I've come away with a skill that I'll have in the locker forever and I can now say that when I go skating in the future I won't have to crash into the barriers to stop!"
Would you consider doing Dancing on Ice again?
"Even though I was satisfied with what I had accomplished, I do feel like there is some unfinished business as we had a lot more to showcase. But at the moment I'm going to concentrate on my work at Emmerdale and we'll see what happens in the future."
How did you find the costumes?
"I absolutely loved the costumes. The team at Dancing on Ice did a really good job at creating those outfits. However, I spend most of my time in really comfy clothes, gym gear, etc.
"I very rarely wear jeans or any sort of restrictive clothing, so trying to ice skate in a full-on suit was quite an awkward experience!"
Have you learned any other new skills recently?
"I've just recently purchased a new skateboard so I now go street skating or to the skate park quite often with my mates. I've always had a passion for skateboarding but never really got around to trying it out for real.
"But now that I've started doing it more often I'm slowly progressing and it's a very rewarding sport when you see yourself improving. I also would like to start singing lessons as well as many more things that are on my list."
We've heard that you've got some big Emmerdale stories coming up...
"I'm very busy with filming recently. I'm glad to have been chucked back in at the deep end because after two months of me not doing anything, it was time for me to put a shift in.
"We've been filming some hard-hitting, profound scenes at the moment and I can't wait for everyone to watch them."
Emmerdale continues on Sunday (June 20) at 7.30pm on ITV.
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