Emmerdale star Samantha Giles has embarked on a new lifestyle change, by hiring a personal trainer, and has opened up to fans about how she is finding it.

Taking to Instagram, the Bernice Blackstock actress shared a video following an ‘intense’ training session.

‘So excuse me if I’m looking a bit hot and sweaty but I’ve just had a very, very intensive workout with a personal trainer. Who would have thought it?

‘I’m trying to get fitter and it’s killing me. So yeah but it’s good, all good, I shall keep you updated on my progress.’

Fans were quick to hit the comments section with words of encouragement for Samantha’s new journey, sending her ‘positive thoughts’.

Bernice looking confused in Emmerdale
Samantha has played Bernice on and off since 1998 (Picture: ITV)

‘All good positive thoughts for your fitness,’ one said.

‘You can do this, keep it up,’ another wrote.

‘Well done Samantha,’ a third penned, adding two love heart emojis.

Her update comes after the announcement that she is set to bow out of her Emmerdale role in dramatic fashion in the near future.

Samantha has played Bernice since 1998, but has left the role three times to focus on other projects.

Her most recent return came about in 2021, with a storyline that saw her attempt to put a stop to Liam Cavanagh’s (Jonny McPherson) wedding to Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi).

In recent months, Bernice has teamed up with Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) to take over the B&B after Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) announced that he was selling up.

Speaking about her return in 2021 and pursuing her love for other projects, Samantha said:

‘As an actress leaving a role that you love is always a hard decision and I’d been lucky to work so consistently for so long which is rare in our business, so I knew the time had come to be brave and take the leap back in 2019 to pursue my other passion of writing and focus on getting my first book published.

‘I’ve now had such a lovely response with Rosemary and The Witches of Pendle Hill and the down time of the pandemic meant I was able to complete my next two books. I’m a big believer in fate so when Emmerdale offered me the chance to return as Bernice I took it as a sign that it was meant to be.’

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