Emma Atkins in her most difficult episode of Emmerdale.

“This episode was incredibly challenging and the hardest thing I’ve done on the show,” teases Emma , who has played fan favourite Charity since 2000. “But I’ve loved second of it, which I know sounds weird. It’s always great to be given something where there’s a whole host of things going on. You have to go to difficult places with such dramatic scenes, but it was great teamwork and stunning writing.”

Details of Charity’s story are being kept under wraps until transmission, but Atkins teases the idea of delving into her complex character’s past has been mooted for many years. “I was told it was all very dark and given little nuggets of information along the way, but when DI Bails came in a few years ago we knew there was history they’d be revisiting at some point. But then I left to have a baby and it was shelved for a bit. Now we’re finally revisiting it which is brilliant.”

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