Where Emmerdale fans will recognise Meena’s barrister from – and her famous family

Emmerdale fans were left shocked when a familiar face appeared in the hit ITV soap recently, as villainous Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) finally looks to be heading to prison.

During recent episodes, viewers were introduced to Meena's defence team, including barrister Milligan, who many were quick to recognise.

The lawyer is portrayed by actress Amy Robbins, who is the younger sister of Kate Robbins – comedian and actress Emily Atack's mum.

Acting appears to run in the family, with both Amy, 51, and Kate, 63, being successful actresses, and Emily, 32, following in her mum's famous footsteps.

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Who is Amy Robbins?

Amy first appeared on TV back in 1986 on Granada sketch show Robbins, which featured her siblings, Ted, Jane, Emma and Kate. Amy made guest appearances on many episodes of the show.

She then went on to train at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has appeared in a number of well-known shows over the years.

The 51 year old had small roles in titles such as Holby City, EastEnders, Casualty and Where The Heart Is, before going on to land the role of Dr. Jill Weatherill in The Royal in 2003.

Amy remained on the show until 2011, and has since gone on to feature in Doctors, World's End, Hollyoaks and Father Brown.

She returned to EastEnders in 2019, when she portrayed Caren C in four episodes of the hit soap.

Alongside her TV work, Amy has also starred in films such as Up on the Roof, All the Little Animals and Killing Me Softly.

Her older sister Kate is also a TV regular, who has featured in several soaps and hit shows over the years. Kate's acting credits include EastEnders, After Life, Heartbeat, Casualty and Doctors.

Amy and Kate's older brother Ted, 66, is an also an actor, and their sister Emma is a singer in The Sheilas. The pair's other sister Jane is a sculptor.

Amy is mum to two children, who she shares with her The Royal co-star Robert Daws – he played Dr. Gordon Ormerod.

Kate was once married to musician Keith Atack, who she shares three children with including Emily.

While Emily has followed in her mum and aunt's footsteps, her sister Martha is a PR consultant and her brother George is a musician and TV researcher.

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