By Lynette Rice
Updated June 07, 2010 at 05:23 PM EDT

Image Credit: Bryan SheffieldABC announced today that Vanessa Marcil will reprise her role as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital beginning Aug. 11. Having first joined the soap in 1992, Marcil earned an Emmy for playing Brenda in 2003 — the year she left the show to co-star in the primetime series Las Vegas. She will rejoin GH as a series regular. “I feel so lucky to continue to be allowed to visit General Hospital and honor where I came from,” says Marcil in a statement. “I am humbled by these great people and a character that I truly love.”

Brenda return to Port Charles when the three men in her life – Sonny, Jax, and Jason – are in crisis. She also has what ABC describes as an “explosive” secret.

General Hospital was nominated for 18 Daytime Emmys this year. The awards ceremony is slated for June 27 in Las Vegas and will air on CBS.