Emmerdales Donna Dingle back from the dead as cruel trolls target April

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It’s been a tricky time for single dad Marlon Dingle since he found out that his little daughter April is being trolled.

And there’s worse to come when the village chef discovers that the wicked online taunters have created an account that they’ve named Dead Donna.

Marlon's late wife Donna first appeared in the soap – then called Emmerdale Farm – in August 1993, just a few months ahead of the plane crash that led to both the village and show changing their names.

Actress Verity Rushworth took over the role of Viv and Vic’s daughter in 1998, and viewers saw Donna enjoy romances with Robert Sugden, Danny Daggert and Max King before tying the knot with widower Marlon.

Verity quit the soap to take on theatre projects in 2009, but when Donna returned in 2014, Marlon was stunned to meet her daughter April, and learn that he was the little girl’s dad.

Policewoman Donna began a relationship with local bad boy Ross Barton, but knew she had only months to live, and eventually killed herself – and the gangster handcuffed to her – by throwing herself off a multistorey car park roof.

After her tormentors send a meme of Donna to April’s phone, Marlon learns just how hideous the abuse has been, and vows to protect her.

“He finds April by Donna’s grave where he tries to express how proud he is of her and how he can’t believe he didn’t see what was happening,” says veteran Emmerdale star Mark Charnock of his alter ego, Marlon.

“He’s guilt ridden because he promised her mum he’d protect her.”

“He feels like he’s let her down and failed. He then suggests to her that they take the phone away. It’s a decision born out of panic.”

The story’s got a while to run, so fans will have to wait to see if whoever is terrorising April is close to home.

While actress Verity Rushworth won’t be seen with her screen daughter, played by Amelia Flanagan, she admits that’s she mindful of what life must be like for today’s child stars.

“I went in as a 12-year-old and didn’t really know what was going on,” mum of two Verity recently told OK!

“The contracts kept coming and all of a sudden I’d been there for 11 years! I was 23 when I left the first time, so still quite young. I think if we’d have had social media back then it would have been absolutely horrific so I’m lucky I never had to deal with that.”

Of course with Donna meeting a dramatic end, there’s no chance for Verity to return to Emmerdale.

“It would have been nice, but the storyline wouldn’t have been as good,” she admits. But Verity’s soap career could be revived, as she admits that if Corrie or EastEnders came knocking, her answer would be, “Yes! Definitely.”

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