Samantha Elizabeth Giles is an English actress and author. She is known for portraying the role of Bernice Blackstock in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. She has also portrayed Sally Boothe in the ITV drama series Where the Heart Is and Valerie Holden in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. She departed from Emmerdale in 2019 to focus on other creative projects, such as writing her debut novel, Rosemary and the Witches of Pendle Hill, released in 2020. In April 2021, it was confirmed that she would be returning to Emmerdale.