Emmerdales Samantha Giles quits vitriolic Twitter due to nasty people

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Emmerdale star Samantha Giles has announced that she is taking a break from "vitriolic" Twitter.

Tweeting on Sunday night, the actress, 50, who plays Bernice Blackstock on the ITV soap, admitted she was "astounded" by the "nasty people" on the platform and that she needed a "wee break" from her account.

Samantha penned: "Having a wee break from the vitriolic place Twitter is today! It astounds me how nasty people are. See you in a while."

Prior to her Twitter break, the actress had tweeted about how "mental" Blackpool was over the weekend and claimed that "not many masks were being worn" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Samantha put: "Today we hit Blackpool for the youngests upcoming birthday. God it was mental. And no social distancing, not many masks being worn. Are people mad???? No wonder cases are rising."

Despite the majority of responses agreeing with the actress, some accounts were confrontational towards the soap star as they questioned why she decided to visit on the "hottest day of the year".

Replying to one account, who had claimed that Blackpool had been following "all the rules", Samantha put: "Blackpool might be following the rules but the people visiting clearly aren't."

Samantha, who found fame as Bernice back in 1998, recently returned to Emmerdale after an almost two year break.

Talking exclusively to OK! earlier this year, the actress admitted that she had one of her "busiest" years while away from the ITV soap.

Speaking in May, Samantha said: "I’ve actually done more things than I ever thought possible. Aside from homeschooling my two daughters – Evelyn, 13 and Olivia, nine – I’ve written three children’s books.

"Rosemary And The Witches Of Pendle Hill is already out, and the second, Rosemary And The Book Of The Dead , is out in October, with the third to come.

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"I love being busy. It also helped me find a routine, which I needed. I had some really dark days. Your mental health is very fragile during these difficult times, so I did everything I could to help myself, which included routine, being creative, exercise… and yes, baking banana bread like everyone else."

Emmerdale continues on weekdays at 7pm on ITV.

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