Viewers last saw Joanie when Kyle’s mother, Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny) went on the run leaving on a ferry. Joanie took custody of her adopted grandson Kyle and returned with the boy, to her life in Leeds.
Joanie is now down on her luck, living in temporary housing and struggling to bring Kyle up. With nowhere to turn, she contacts Kyle’s real father Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) for some money, to help her with a flat deposit, safe in the knowledge Cain would never want Kyle in his life.
Yet when she’s suddenly mugged, robbing her of Cain’s hand-out, Joanie is at rock bottom, knowing Kyle could be taken away as she doesn’t have a proper roof over their head.
A desperate Joanie soon arrives in Emmerdale village where Cain is furious to see her but could it be the Dingle family who offer Joanie the help she so badly needs?
Denise explains: “I am very excited to be coming back to Emmerdale. It’s a lovely show to work on and I’m well set for Joanie’s revival. I bet she has learned a thing or two since we last saw her. Is she still a single grandma? Has she changed? How is Kyle? I can’t wait to find out.”
Denise also have a brief appearance in Channel 4’s hit Cucumber.
Denise’s reappearance is screened from Wednesday 17th June on ITV’s Emmerdale.