Lydia’s big lie! Emmerdale
LYDIA SPINS A VERY TANGLED WEB WHEN SHE'S UNTRUTHFUL KAREN BLICK EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENS...
Are Lydia Hart and Rishi Sharma having an affair? That’s what Kerry Wyatt thinks when she sees them together. In truth, Rishi is pushing to meet Lydia’s new ‘worker’ Una, and, in her panic, Lydia’s efforts to distract Rishi lead Kerry to jump to the wrong conclusion. ‘Lydia is mortified that anyone would think that,’ actress Karen Blick tells Soaplife. ‘She has created this fictional employee and feels really uncomfortable with her ongoing lies about it.’
So why has Lydia invented Una?
She has jobs at the factory, The Woolpack and Home Farm, and employment laws say that she shouldn’t be working that many hours. She is struggling financially, so she creates this fictional employee to enable her to work all the shifts she needs.
That lie was never going to fly!
No. Well, Lydia is not comfortable with lying. At first, it was a little white lie and she wasn’t setting out to deceive anyone, but it is getting out of hand now.
It is. Kerry suspects she’s cheating…
Lydia is very principled and cares deeply for her boyfriend, Sam Dingle, so she’d never do anything to jeopardise their relationship. She is horrified that Kerry thinks that. Lydia likes to see herself as an upstanding and moral member of society.
Are you like Lydia at all?
I would like to say ‘No’, but my husband might disagree. Lydia is warm-hearted, kind and her heart is in the right place, so I like to think we are similar in that respect. I hope I am a bit more socially aware than she is, though. Lydia tends to say exactly what is on her mind, whereas I think about it before I open my mouth.
Do you have a favourite scene so far?
Sam and Lydia’s date in the shop, with David listening in was brilliant to film. Matthew Wolfenden was laughing in the background. It was beautifully written and fun to do. Also, I love working with James Hooton, who plays Sam. He’s a fantastic actor and so unlike Sam in real life.
What would be your dream storyline?
It would be lovely if Sam and Lydia had an amazing Dingle wedding and finished off the celebrations with a nod to the Dirty Dancing routine in the village hall. If they did that, it would be a highlight.
By Sally Brockway