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Who is Alicia Metcalfe in Emmerdale? Could she return?

Alicia Metcalfe of Emmerdale was the devoted adoptive mother of Jacob Gallagher, ex-wife of David Metcalfe and sister of Leyla Cavanagh.

She left Emmerdale in 2015 and moved to Portugal.

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Alicia was in Emmerdale for five years (Credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Who played Alicia Metcalfe in Emmerdale?

Alicia Metcalfe in Emmerdale was played by accomplished stage and television actress Natalie Anderson.

When she joined Emmerdale, Natalie was already known to television viewers for her role as Nurse Stella Davenport on The Royal.

She had also spent time stepping the boards as Nessarose in the West End production of Wicked.

Natalie joined Emmerdale in 2010 and stayed for five years.

She joined rival soap opera Hollyoaks last year and played Lexi.

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Natalie (pictured here at the Pride of Britain Awards 2019 in London) has now joined Hollyoaks (Credit: Brett D. Cove /SplashNews.com/Splash News and Pictures)

Alicia’s arrival in Emmerdale

Alicia followed Leyla into the village, initially only to tell her to stay away from her mother’s funeral.

But she later returned with son Jacob and moved in with Leyla and her then-boyfriend David Metcalfe.

Jacob was soon revealed to be Leyla’s biological son, adopted by Alicia and husband Justin.

It was later revealed that Justin was Jacobs’ real father after a one night stand with Leyla. Oh!

After a mixed start to village life, Alicia began working at The Woolpack and began a romance with Andy Sugden.

Emmerdale Alicia tries to speak to Jacob
Alicia adopted Jacob (Credit: ITV/Shutterstock)

Alice and David

When Justin remarried, Alicia faced an assault charge after hitting Val Pollard.

She worried her ex would try to take Jacob with him if she went to jail, so David – who had since broken up with Leyla – suggested they get married so he could take care of the boy while she was inside.

Emmerdale David and Alicia in the Wool Pack
While we love David and Victoria as a couple, we believe Alicia is the love of Mr Metcalfe’s life (Credit: ITV/Shutterstock)

The wedding went ahead, Alicia went to jail, and David and Jacob formed a close father-son bond that is still visible on screen today.

But Alicia had fallen in love with David.

When she was released from prison and found out he was dating Priya Sharma, she was upset.

When Alicia was shot dead by Cameron Murray during the siege of The Woolpack, David realized his true feelings.

Alicia and David actually got married on Christmas Day after Leyla returned to the village.

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Alicia struggled to cope after Lachlan attacked her (Credit: ITV/Shutterstock)

Alicia’s sexual assault

Kindhearted Alicia became friends with troubled teenager Lachlan White, but he mistook her kindness for attraction. And as Alicia dozed on the sofa, he sexually assaulted her.

After the attack, Alicia struggled to cope.

Eventually she and David decided to make a change and move to Portugal to run a bar with Val Pollard’s son Paul.

But the family returned to the Dales when Eric had a heart attack and then Val was killed.

David wanted to stay in the village but Alicia was determined to return to Portugal.

Eventually she returned, leaving David behind. Jacob spent a few years traveling back and forth and although he now lives in Emmerdale, he often visits his adoptive mother.

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Natalie Anderson played Alicia Gallagher
We’d love for Alicia to return (Source: ITV)

Could Alicia be returning to Emmerdale?

Alicia has happily settled in Portugal.

However, she seems to have gotten stuck when she fell off a cliff, breaking her collarbone and her leg. It was David whom she called for help.

Alicia apparently “took a selfie at the edge of a cliff. She stepped back to get a better shot and then she fell.”

She fell six feet down a prickly bush and now needs someone to take care of her.

Sister Leyla, the obvious choice, is way too busy to leave, so David has forgotten about his money problems, dropped everything and is quick to side with his ex…

Fans are not convinced by the decision:

“Why would David take care of Alicia? This is the stupidest thing since Bernice took off to Australia to take care of her ex,” one wrote.

Another added: “Alicia still single and living alone? So alone that David has to take care of her after a bad accident. Really Emmerdale?”

“Couldn’t the writers find something at least a little believable for David’s disappearance?” said another.

“He’s up to his ears in debt but can jet off to Portugal in no time, ostensibly to take care of an ex?”

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