As well as a failed marriage to long-serving character Tony Hutchinson and numerous short-lived relationships, Mandy also offered emotional assistance to boyfriend Luke after he was brutally raped.
The character originally left the show in 2008, before returning for a 12-month spell in 2010.
The TV presenter has taken to Twitter to reveal that she's been filming a small role in the Channel 4 soap, but she's sworn to secrecy on any further details.
It seems that Kate was hard at work on her scenes yesterday and while she couldn't tell us too much, she did reveal that she's involved in a big storyline this autumn.'s weather presenter Laura Tobin, she added: "So @Lauratobin1 the @Hollyoaks lot have a bone to pick with u - it's pouring down & we are filming outside today!!! @GMB."So, could Kate come to programme, which he hosted at the time.
The following month saw the arrivals of Nate Tenbury-Newent and Trudy Ryan, played by former East Enders actress Danniella Westbrook.
Anna Blake was the only character to be introduced in March.
She was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Bethany Platt in Coronation Street but sadly missed out to Emmerdale's Charlotte Bellamy.
But that didn't stop Lucy Fallon having a fun time celebrating at the British Soap Awards afterparty on Saturday night.
The Manchester born actress, 35, will join former screen boyfriend Gary Lucy, who announced his own return to the show on Thursday, after signing a six-month contract to reprise her role as Mandy Richardson.Gary's first big TV break was in the Channel 4 soap, having previously nabbed bit parts in Dream Team and Grange Hill, where he became involved in one of the most hard-hitting storylines of soap history.Lucas was raped by Colin Parry's character Mark Gibbs following a horrific reign of bullying and cruelty, with the shocking scene airing in the show's special Hollyoaks: Breaking Boundaries, which the soap was lauded for.Gary was spotted making his eagerly-anticipated return to the Hollyoaks set on Wednesday, where he was showing off his ageless good looks while practicing his lines.The 35-year-old Footballers' Wives star looked as though he had not aged a day as he walked through the Cheshire set ahead of his comeback to the role, for which he was awarded the Best Newcomer gong at the 2000 British Soap Awards.