Efficient Emmerdale favourite Priya Sharma is certainly thriving at Home Farm – in more ways than one as she enjoys a sizzling romance with Al Champman (Michael Wildman).
But actress Fiona Wade has warned that there is going to be trouble ahead as Priya may have made another bad decision – and one that will bring her into direct conflict with brother Jai (Chris Bisson) and, even more dangerously, the mighty Kim Tate!
But Fiona told Metro.co.uk that her alter ego is more than a match for the queen of mean.
She smiled: ‘Priya has stood up to Kim before and Kim likes that she’s not a walkover and she’s an ambitious young mum and she fights for what she wants. She’s nowhere near as ruthless, she’s a nice person – but she won’t be shoved around and holds her own.
‘Kim likes when she stands up to her. Other than her job hanging in the balance, Priya would be fully prepared to take on Kim. She doesn’t know Al and Kim’s future history so she’s a bit unaware – but if this is something that makes her happy, she will take on Kim and she won’t be scared of that.
‘As an actor, the more drama the better! In soapland when things are going too well, it means you won’t be as busy! Everyone likes a story to get their teeth into – I think Priya is good into those situations. When she is strong and feisty, she really comes into her own and she is great fun to play like that.’
And Fiona always loves being at the heart of the Home Farm drama and insists it’s the perfect environment for her ambitious alter ego.
She enthused: ‘I really love it – when I knew she was going there I thought it was perfect for her. Priya is best at her most powerful and bossy – the role she loves to get into. You feel quite powerful in Home Farm and you get some good scenes – the set is great and I love the characters from that family, so that’s great.’
However, as for any happiness for Priya and Al – it may indeed be fleeting as their passion is discovered by a very angry Jai.
Fiona sighed: ‘Well, you’re right, it doesn’t always go well for her. Her pick of men is a little strange sometimes! There is going to be a lot of drama – at the moment she is happy getting to know him which is nice but it won’t be plain sailing.
‘There’s a whole world of things that she doesn’t know about Al and what he has done. She is taking a sympathetic side with him right now and genuinely sees the good side in him but there’s going to be more revealed. I’m not sure how it plays out but judging how it started and the characters involved, there is going to be drama.
‘Jai walks in on Al and Priya – with a client which is really unfortunate! Al and Priya are just finding it embarrassing and unprofessional but Jai goes mad at them both and attacks Al and Priya over why she can even think of being with him.
‘She didn’t know he’d be this furious and it erupts but Priya is stubborn and determined to make her own decisions. She is very much siding with Al and what she very much feels is making her feel happy right now. Priya and Jai – there becomes a real rift.’
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