British actress Roxanne Pallett has undergone emergency surgery after she was diagnosed with skin cancer.

The 31 year old, who starred in hit U.K. soap opera Emmerdale for several years, found a strange mark on her breast before Christmas (13) and was referred to a skin specialist, who organised an immediate operation to remove the cancerous tissue.

She tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday, “He wanted to operate immediately. I just looked at my mum in shock at the urgency of his reaction."

Pallett has now received the all clear after having the melanoma removed.