Hollyoaks: Sarah Jayne Dunn and Gary Lucy are returning to the show [Lime Pictures]
Sarah Jayne Dunn has played Mandy Richardson on Hollyoaks across over 20 years in total, but has left the show a few times.
Mandy is returning to Hollyoaks next week, with Gary Lucy also returning to the soap as Luke Morgan.
Luke and Mandy dated in their teens years ago on the soap, and now they’re back together again.
Sarah confirmed Mandy and Luke are now a couple ahead of their big comeback.
Hollyoaks: Sarah Jayne Dunn has teased why she’s returned to the soap [ITV]
Hollyoaks: Mandy Richardson and Luke Morgan are back together [ITV]
She confessed she had no idea Gary would be reprising his role as Luke when she agreed to return.
Speaking on This Morning, Sarah teased to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes the real reason her character is back.
She said: “Mandy and Luke are back together, I can tell you that much. They’re a couple.
“Mandy and Luke return together and 6 years is a long time. There’s a lot of storytelling to be told.”
Hollyoaks: Sarah Jayne Dunn’s first scenes back as Mandy Richardson air next week [Lime Pictures]
Sarah continued: “She’s fallen on harder times, going though tough times and in the village she’s got old connections, she needs those people right now more than she thinks.
“She’s headstrong and what’a nice about this return is we want to go back to the Mandy everyone knew and loved.”
On her decision to head back to Chester again, Sarah explained: “It was a split second, I jumped at the chance.
“Bryan Kirkwood is back, and he’s so passionate about the show and when we talked about storylines for Mandy I couldn’t not go back.”
Hollyoaks: Mandy Richardson and Luke Morgan are reunited with their former pals [Lime Pictures]
Mandy and Luke’s return scenes air on the soap on Monday, while details of their return have yet to be confirmed.
A recent photo saw Luke and Mandy reunited with their pals, and long serving characters, Tony Hutchinson, Cindy Cunningham, and Nancy and Darren Osbourne.