Can Laurel trap killer Emma? Emmerdale
Laurel is convinced Emma murdered James and she aims to find prof But Emma’s on to her… Charlotte Bellamy reveals all!
While most of the village remains fooled by Emma Barton’s new holier-than-thou image, Laurel Thomas sees right through it. She’s sure Emma had a hand in James’ death and she’s determined to find out the truth. ‘Laurel believes Emma killed James,’ actress Charlotte Bellamy tells Soaplife. ‘The trouble is, nobody else is convinced and she’s starting to look more mad than Emma!’ Will the truth come out when Laurel reports Emma to the police?
How’s Laurel’s quest to expose Emma going?
Emma’s so clever and she keeps twisting things. Just when Laurel thinks she has something on her, Emma gets out of it. She twists things to make it look as if Laurel is the mad and unreasonable one. Laurel’s actually as sweet as pie and she’s getting increasingly frustrated.
What does Laurel hope to get out of Finn?
She tries to have a chat with him about Emma and James and why his mum behaved so oddly at the court hearing. But, as they’re talking, Emma unexpectedly returns, so Laurel leaves.
Laurel speaks to Bob Hope about it, too…
She tells Bob about her suspicions and she hopes he’s on-side. But Laurel doesn’t realise that Emma is listening in!
What does Emma do with the information?
She turns up at Laurel’s and confronts her and Laurel is even more convinced of her guilt.
What does Laurel do next?
She calls the police. She’s aware she hasn’t got any evidence, but she hopes Emma might crack.
Will getting the police involved work?
Emma might just be too clever for that. She’s got God on her side, remember! Emma’s newfound religion, however, does turn out to be her weak point because she becomes more obsessed with God as the story progresses.
Is Laurel afraid of Emma?
She’s starting to realise how dangerous Emma is.
What’s it like to act out this storyline with Gillian Kearney, who plays Emma?
It’s strange because I worked so closely with John Middleton, who played Ashley, and now I’ve been thrown into this completely different story. I’m so glad Laurel isn’t just moping around and has Emma to deal with.
Will there be a catfight?
Laurel’s not a fighter, but she’s passionate, so this is certainly going to push her.
Have you seen John Middleton of late?
Yes, he’s really brown as he’s done a lot of sailing since leaving Emmerdale.
Congratulations on your recent British Soap Award for Best Actress, too!
Thanks. You could probably tell from my face that I wasn’t expecting it. That night was an amazing memory that I’ll never forget.
Do you plan to stick around on Emmerdale?
Yes, I’m so lucky to be here. I get to work three or four days a week when so many other actors are out of work. Why would I ever want to leave? I could, of course, get on the bus that crashes, but I don’t have any control over that.
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