Hemingford actress Julie Buckfield – better known as Julia Matthews to soap fans – made a return to TV screens last week.

Julie Buckfield, from Hemingford. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDJulie Buckfield, from Hemingford. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Julie reprised her role as Julia in long-running Channel 4 show Hollyoaks, where she was in the thick of things again with her old flame Tony Hutchinson, played by Nick Pickard.

Julie appeared in the first episode of Hollyoaks back in 1995. She left in 1997, but made brief returns in 2002 and in 2007. And viewers were delighted to see her back on Wednesday evening (September 19).

Julie lives in Hemingford Grey with her family and has been the lead role in the Cambridge Arts Theatre pantomime for many years. Julie trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and at the age of 11, she won the role of Young Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables.

Julie said "It was lovely to go back after all these years and see the cast, especially Nick Pickard who has always been a good friend."

Julie first found fame in cult tv show Grange Hill alongside her twin sister Clare Buckfield, who also appeared on TwoPoint4Children and Dancing on Ice.