LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Gemma Atkinson attends The BRIT Awards 2019 held at The O2 Arena on February 20, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Gemma Atkinson has opened up on returning to Emmerdale [Getty]

Pregnant Gemma Atkinson – who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Gorka Marquez – has confirmed she would like to return to Emmerdale.  

Gemma, 34, left the hit ITV soap in 2017, after two years of playing Carly Hope. 

Gemma teased a return to the Yorkshire Dales as she appeared on James Martin’s Saturday Morning show today. 

Emmerdale spoiler: Carly Hope's exit REVEALED as incident with April forces her to flee the villageGemma Atkinson left her role as Carly Hope on Emmerdale in 2017[ITV]

Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma revealed that as her character Carly left the village in a taxi and wasn’t killed off, there is an option for her to return. 

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She said: “I just left the village in a cab as you do. I would love to go back to Emmerdale at some point.”

Gemma said shat she is still close pals with her co-stars on the soap and considers the cast her “family”. 

Gemma appeared on James Martin’s Saturday Morning show [ITV]

Gemma Atkinson gushed over her other half with this sweet snapGemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez are expecting a baby together [Gemma Atkinson/Instagram]

She said: “It was one of those shows where before I joined everyone said it’s like a real family, and it genuinely is.”

The blonde beauty revealed that the reason she left the show was the long days of filming, which combined with her job as a radio host, made her social life non-existent. 

She explained: “The decision to leave was so difficult. I was doing the radio and Emmerdale at the same time for six months and it was just too long, no time for a social life or any down time. 

Gemma Atkinson quits EmmerdaleGemma Atkinson starred on Emmerdale for two years before leaving[ITV]

Emmerdale's Carly Hope and Marlon Dingle strike up an unlikely romance next weekGemma said she is still close pals with the Emmerdale cast [ITV]

“But all my friends are still there and we speak all the time, so I would go back at some point yeah.”

She continued: “I don’t miss the 12 hour days and six day weeks.

“I miss the camaraderie. I’d like to do three months, maybe not longer.”

Gemma is expecting her first child with professional dancer Gorka, 28, who she met on Strictly in 2017 when she was a contestant.

Gemma Atkinson cradles her blossoming bump in adorable snap Gemma Atkinson has been sharing her pregnancy with her fans [Gemma Atkinson/Instagram ]

And recently, Gemma honestly and refreshingly opened up on her pregnancy weight gain.

The talented actress penned a lengthy caption next to a picture of a quote on Instagram, which read: “Loving your body only when it’s in perfect shape is like loving your children only when they are well behaved.”

She wrote: “I’m still constantly being asked about weight gain in pregnancy! At present I’m not in what Id consider ‘MY perfect shape’

“Ive gained 11 lbs. My bra size has increased 2 cup sizes (Gorks is well chuffed) My cellulite has increased (thank you Estrogen) and I’ve counted a few extra stretch marks on my a**. 

“It’s totally normal to gain weight in pregnancy. Some gain a little, some gain a lot.”