Ly­dia’s big lie! Em­merdale

LY­DIA SPINS A VERY TAN­GLED WEB WHEN SHE'S UNTRUTHFUL KAREN BLICK EX­PLAINS WHAT HAP­PENS...

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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

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