Emmerdale actress Susan Penhaligon has met her long-lost sister for the first time.
The soap star 68, met her sibling Karen over a lunch in San Francisco.
Susan’s father when left England for America when she was 10 years old after splitting with her mother. In the states, he married again and had two children, Karen and Greg.
And it was through the power of social media that Susan, who played Jean Hope in the ITV soap, was reunited with her siblings.
“I’d only just joined Twitter and didn’t quite know how it worked, but I got a message from Greg saying, ‘I think I’m your brother’,” she told the Mirror.
“I gave him my number and we spoke. It was extraordinary. I couldn’t believe it and felt great excitement.”
Dominic Power played resident bad boy Cameron Murray until his death in 2015 – the actor went on to continue his coinciding role in Doctors [Wenn]
Susan, who found fame on the show Bouquet of Barbed Wire, jetted to San Francisco and met her siblings separately.
“You can clearly see Karen and I are sisters. The resemblance is incredible,” she continued.
“I instantly connected with her. She even has my facial expressions.”
Discussing their meeting, the actress said: “I put a lot of mementoes and photos of my father on the table for Karen to see, and she came in and burst into tears. It was like the TV programme Long Lost Family.
“She didn’t know much about our father’s early life in Cornwall, certainly not about his life with my mother.
“My father went to the States and almost started a new life. It would have been different now with social media.”