Emmerdale is to have a new lesbian couple.

Kelli Hollis, who has appeared in Shameless, and Bad Girls star Alicya Eyo will arrive in October.

Hollis will play Rachel Breckle’s sister Ali, while Eyo will play her girlfriend Ruby.

Speaking to WhatsOnTV, Hollis said: “As a Leeds girl myself, getting a role as a new regular character for Emmerdale in my home town is a dream come true. I’m really excited to be playing Ali.”

Eyo added: “I’m over the moon and can’t wait to get started. Being part of a show that I’ve grown up watching is amazing and Ruby is going to be a lot of fun to play.”

Currently, the soap has just one gay character – Aaron Livesy, played by Danny Miller. Rival soap Coronation Street has five gay or lesbian characters.