Emmerdale fans celebrate as surprising character makes unexpected return

Emmerdale fans were shocked to find one of their favourite characters return to the village – and they had no idea they were coming back.

Belle Dingle, who has not been seen since her boyfriend, Lachlan White, was finally caught for his murderous spree, returned to the village to celebrate Marlon Dingle’s wedding – even though he doesn’t know anything about it.

She turned up at her brother Sam’s house to help with the planning, as Sam’s partner Lydia joined with Jessie to help plan the wedding of their lives, despite Marlon having no idea what will be going on come Christmas Day.

While some fans may have read the spoilers and knew of Belle’s return for the big day, many had no idea she would be back, and took to Twitter to share their shock and confusion.

Emmerdale fans celebrate as surprising character makes unexpected return

Belle Dingle is back!
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One said: "# emmerdale belle back in time for a Lachlan visit"

Another said: "Belle’s home finally # Emmerdale"

A third added: "It’s great to see Belle back on tonight’s # Emmerdale @ edenelenor"

Another joked: "Blimey, Belle. Long time, no see. # Emmerdale"

A fifth added: "BELLE I’VE MISSED YOU B #emmerdale"

Emmerdale fans celebrate as surprising character makes unexpected return

Belle hugged Lydia on arrival
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On Christmas Day, Jessie plans a surprise wedding for Marlon, who is left completely in the dark about his own big day.

But she fears the wedding is cursed after cheeky Monty the dog is found munching on the wedding cake.

Marlon goes out drinking at the Woolpack with Sam, unaware that it is actually his stag do.

The pair get thrown out by Charity and somehow end up waking up in the back of a delivery van in the middle of nowhere.

Emmerdale fans celebrate as surprising character makes unexpected return

She came back from a holiday up north
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They rush back to the village for what they believe is Sam’s wedding to Lydia, so it comes as a big shock when Marlon realises he is getting married.

Unable to handle the shocks news, stunned Marlon faints, while poor Sam is devastated that he is not tying the knot.

Will anyone actually get married?

Emmerdale airs on Christmas Day at 7.15pm on ITV.

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