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Emmerdale fans shocked by Dotty Thomas’ transformation after surprise return

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EMMERDALE fans were shocked to see Dotty Thomas back on the TV after the tot had not been spotted in years.

The toddler played by Tilly-Rue Foster was caught up in her brother Arthur’s revenge plan against Archie Sharma when she was last seen on our tellies in May 2020.

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Tilly-Rue Foster reappeared on Emmerdale as Dotty Thomas[/caption]

Dotty was sleeping in the tent next to the fire that Arthur set up trying to blame Archie for it, but it all went horribly wrong.

Thankfully, Laurel quickly realised Dotty was in danger and cut her out of the burning tent.

Afterwards, Dotty was taken to hospital to be checked over as Laurel confronted Arthur over his actions.

In those scenes, Tilly was a toddler and sported gorgeous blonde ringlet curls.

But now she looks completely different and more grown up as she made her return to Emmerdale after first debuting in the role in 2016.

Dotty made a surprise appearance onscreen alongside her older brother, Arthur, after fans had joked she’d been ‘playing her room’ since 2020.

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Many of the child actors on Emmerdale and the other soaps did not return to set amid the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown shut down production on most soaps for months, but when they went back to filming, they could only allowed a limited number of people on set, so the child actors had to stay home.

Their absence was usually explained in the script by saying they were in their room or staying with family elsewhere.

Some of the younger actors did make a return to set sooner, but their scenes were considerably cut down.


So when Tilly appeared on Emmerdale again this week as Dotty after two years away, viewers were thrilled to see her.

Many rushed to notice how much she had grown since the dramatic fire scenes in 2020.

“What have they been feeding the kids in the past 2 years-First Arthur now Dotty has shot up in height,” tweeted one fan.

Another added: “Well hasn’t there been a growing spurt in #emmerdale.. first Arthur now Dotty…what they feeding them..

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A third wrote:” It’s dotty all grown up.”

And a fourth commented: “Dotty has been let out the bedroom! No wonder he couldn’t remember her name. She’s not been seen since she was a few weeks old.”

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The beloved character hasn’t been seen on screens since 2020[/caption]

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Tilly has played Dotty since 2016[/caption]

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The last time she was seen on TV she almost died in a fire set by her brother[/caption]

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