Stars who swapped soaps as Gemma Oaten joins Corrie after Emmerdale stint

Actress Gemma Oaten is joining Coronation Street as a new love interest for Tyrone Dobbs, played by Alan Halsall.

But you may well recognise her as Emmerdale ’s Rachel Breckle, a role she played between 2011 and 2015 before the character was killed off-screen in 2019.

However a part of her is still on the soap, as she shared her son Archie with Jai Sharma, played by Chris Bisson.

Something she also shares with Chris is the fact they've both appeared in a few different soaps.

And they're not alone, as they are just two of many stars who have swapped soaps, as Daily Star reveals.

Michelle Collins – EastEnders to Corrie

Playing Walford’s Cindy Beale – Ian’s scheming and cheating wife – made her a star and she held the role for a decade until 1998.

She popped up in Corrie in 2011 playing Stella Price, the new landlady of the Rovers Return, and pulled pints until 2014 – but faced criticism over her dodgy Mancunian accent.

Michelle has also had a number of roles in long-running drama Casualty.

Ross Kemp – Emmerdale to EastEnders

Way back in 1986, the telly hard man was Emmerdale squaddie Graham Lodsworth for 22 episodes.

He would later hit the big time as Grant Mitchell in EastEnders from 1990 to 1999.

Now a documentary maker, he returned to play Grant in 2016 for the death of his on-screen mum Peggy – and fans regularly beg for the character to make a big comeback.

Gillian Taylforth – EastEnders to Hollyoaks

As Kathy Beale, she was there from day one of EastEnders in 1985, staying on until 2000 and covering plots dealing with divorce, rape and domestic abuse.

She then went to Footballers’ Wives and The Bill before landing the role of matriarch Sandy Roscoe in Hollyoaks between 2013 and 2015.

Gillian then went back to Albert Square and is still a regular.

Katie McGlynn – Corrie to Hollyoaks

The actress, who recently got the boot from Strictly, was Sinead Tinker in Corrie between 2013 and 2019 before being killed off in a cervical cancer storyline.

In July she headed to Chester to play Becky Quentin, who – in typical soap style – may not be all she seems…

Becky is obsessed with conspiracy theories, which is very fitting given the 18 months we've had.

Chris Bisson – Corrie to Emmerdale

Long-term soap fans will remember Chris as Vikram Desai – Dev’s cousin and a Weatherfield resident between 1999 and 2002.

In those two years, he managed to date Leanne Battersby, Maria Sutherland and Nikki Sanderson’s character Candice Stowe.

But he’s played Jai Sharma in Emmerdale since 2009 – a character who had a one-night stand with Gemma Oaten’s character Rachel.

Nikki Sanderson – Corrie to Hollyoaks

Blackpool-born Nikki joined Coronation Street in 1999 and left in 2005 when her character Candice Stowe quit the cobbles to become a stylist for Status Quo.

Following an appearance in Heartbeat, in 2012 she landed the role of Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks, where she is still working today.

In 2019, the actress returned to the cobbles for a special show celebrating Sue Nicholls' 40 years on the show.

Gemma Atkinson – Hollyoaks to Emmerdale

Gemma found fame as troubled Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks between 2001 and 2005, and returned for two late-night spin-offs.

After a stint in Casualty, the Bury-born star hopped up north for two years as Carly Hope in Emmerdale between 2015 and 2017.

Now a radio host, today she’s probably best known for her 2017 turn on Strictly – though her soap pin-up days definitely secured her star status.

Jamie Lomas – Hollyoaks to EastEnders

Jamie joined the Hollyoaks cast in 2006 as resident bad boy Warren Fox and played the club owner until 2001.

Two years later he bagged a part in EastEnders as Jake Stone – and found himself as a key suspect in Lucy Beale’s murder. Bobby Beale was eventually confirmed as the killer.

After departing Walford in 2015, he’s now back full time in Hollyoaks.

Claire King – Emmerdale to Corrie

She was super-b***h Kim Tate in Emmerdale for ­10 years before departing in 1999.

Her storylines included a number of racy affairs and she continued the theme as Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street between 2014 and 2017, bedding Nick Tilsley and Dev Alahan.

Claire headed back to the Dales and Home Farm in 2018, where she’s still up to no good today.

Hayley Tamaddon – Emmerdale to Corrie

Hayley played Delilah, a member of the infamous Dingle clan, in Emmerdale between 2005 and 2007.

She then made the leap across the Pennines to Coronation Street in 2013 where she played Andrea Beckett, exiting in 2015 alongside co-star Craig Charles, who played her boyfriend Lloyd Mullaney.

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