Emmerdale’s original Gabby Thomas actress unrecognisable eight years after exit
12th September 2023

Emmerdale’s original Gabby Thomas actress looks completely different eight years after leaving the show.

The role of Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles) and Ashley Thomas' (John Middleton) daughter has been played by Rosie Bentham since 2016.

However, it was Annelise Manojlovic who played the character who stepped into Gabby’s shoes from 2001 up until 2015.

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Before that, Jemma Giles played Gabby as a baby, but could never settle into the busy set, so little Annelise took over.

The star now looks totally different and can be posing with a pal on her Facebook page glammed up to the nines.

Annelise could be seen with her brunette hair tied in an elaborate up-do as she sported a white dress speckled with pearls.

She added some natural silver eyeshadow to her lids and opted for a bright pink lipstick, adding pearl earrings to match her gown.

Annelise, who hails from Leeds, has been very quiet about her personal life since leaving the show, and appears to have ditched acting for dancing according to talent website Mandy.

After Emmerdale, she went on to study for a Ballet Performance Bachelor of Arts degree at the School of Ballet Theatre UK.

Her specific interests are listed as ballet, jazz and tap dancing – as well as having singing skills listed on the site.

Her vocal skills are listed as a Mezzo-Soprano, and Legit – a term used in classical singing which implies freedom, flexibility and projection power of a voice.

Annelise is listed as being interested in working on cruise ships, holiday entertainment and in musical theatre.

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It comes as current Gabby star Rosie was forced to remind Emmerdale bosses of her real age, after her character got 'stuck at 15'.

Producer Jane Hudson told Daily Star: "A lot of our younger cast have got stories coming up. You get to a point with the young cast when you suddenly realise they’re growing up.

"They’ve been off-screen for a few weeks and they appear and they’re a foot taller and their voice is deeper and you’re like, 'Oh my gosh, we need to start growing them up in the show'.

"For Rosie [Bentham], who plays Gabby, we kept her at 15 for about three years. She eventually went, 'You do know my character is 18?' And I thought, oh my gosh yeah we need to grow you up."

Emmerdale airs weekdays on ITV1 and ITVX at 7.30pm

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