Emmerdale star Olivia Bromley has said she hopes the ITV soap will return to "normal filming" soon after the crew was forced to introduce tough methods to comply with coronavirus restrictions.

The actress, who plays Dawn Taylor, also promised there was "plenty more to come" for her troubled character.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on the host's morning show, Olivia said: "Hopefully we'll be able to go back to normal filming and normal life quite soon with these vaccines, so fingers crossed."

Emmerdale, like the other soaps, adopted some bizarre methods to keep their cast and crew safe, including using a two-metre stick to make sure everyone was socially distanced.

Emmerdale's Olivia Bromley on Lorraine
Olivia Bromley said she hoped for a return to 'normal filming'

It has made some scenes – such as those depicting romance or fights – very difficult, though the talented cast and crew have continued to pull it off.

Olivia said: "I'm so grateful that we've managed to stay on air and it's amazing really, I don't think we've had a week off-screen at all.

"We've got these systems to keep us safe, we're all adapting and used to it now.

Olivia Bromley as Dawn Taylor on Emmerdale
Olivia plays troubled Dawn Taylor on Emmerdale

"It is a bizarre way of working, but we're lucky we get to keep going, really."

Teasing what is to come for her character Dawn, Olivia revealed: "It's been a tough year for Dawn, but there's plenty more to come."

She explained: "Dawn has overcome so many hurdles, but her most recent problem she's facing is losing her son.

"She's got herself clean from heroin, she's got a job, she's settled into Emmerdale village and this week we see her son taken back by social services, so it's going to be really traumatic."

Olivia joined the ITV soap as prostitute drug addict Dawn in 2018 but viewers have seen her become a regular character, working through her problems for a more regular family life.

The actress said: "She is the most fun to play, she really is, and it's a gift to have these dramatic soapy storylines.

"Obviously, she makes some dodgy decisions, but I love playing her because her heart's in the right place.

"She has so much to overcome all the time, but she powers through."

Olivia added: "There's plenty more to come – I'm excited!"

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