Emmerdale cast: Who plays Lee’s mum Wendy Posner? Who is Susan Cookson?

ITV soap Emmerdale sees Wendy Posner (played by Susan Cookson) reappear tonight (September 5) as Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) faces his day in court for the attack on her son, Lee (Kris Mochrie). She first entered the Dales earlier this year to confront Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins) after accused her son of rape, a crime she denies despite viewers knowing of his guilt. While it’s Cookson’s first venture into soapland, there’s a number of reasons why soap fans recognise her.

Speaking about the storyline between Victoria and Lee, Hodgins told The Sun: “Victoria is shocked and scared when she sees Wendy. She’s in the pub toilets and then this woman starts looking at her.”

The soap star continued: “Wendy then says: ‘We need to talk about all these lies you’ve been telling.’

“So straight away Victoria knows that Wendy is an enemy.”

She added: “She has her son’s best interests at heart, which is the exact opposite of Victoria’s stance. So it’s going to be difficult from the off.”

Wendy looks likely to be sticking around in the village for a little while yet and could cause more heartache for Victoria.

Emmerdale fans will remember Victoria’s assault took place during the Big Night Out week when a number of residents when to a club in Hotten leading to disastrous consequences.

Who plays Wendy Posner in Emmerdale?

Wendy Posner is played by actress Susan Cookson, whose career began in the Nineties.

The 54-year-old star is from Manchester and is perhaps best known for her role as Maggie Caldwell in BBC medical series Casualty.

She previously starred in Emmerdale as a minor character called DI Judy Dove back in 2003.

Cookson also had a role in Coronation Street as character Marion Logan between 2015 and 2016.

Her other roles including Fat Friends, Queer As Folk, Early Doors, Waterloo Road and Cold Feet.

Cookson’s Emmerdale casting was announced last month ahead of her appearance tonight.

Speaking about joining the soap, Cookson said: “I am thrilled and delighted to be joining the community, both on and off screen, that is Emmerdale.

“I am also excited about tackling all the gritty and emotional storylines that are ahead for my character Wendy.”

She added: I’m thrilled to be playing such a fantastic character.”

Emmerdale airs on ITV tonight at 7pm

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