All the show­biz gos­sip with Richard Arnold, plus he chats to Em­merdale’s San­dra Marvin

Em­merdale’s San­dra Marvin is de­lighted with Jessie’s wed­ding crasher

Woman's Own - - HELLO & WELCOME -

How’s the New Year treat­ing you?

Re­cov­er­ing from Christ­mas, to be hon­est. I spent it with my sis­ter, who is a huge Em­merdale fan so, of course, we had to watch it. I never tell her what’s go­ing to hap­pen. It would be more than my life’s worth!

All the more ex­cit­ing be­cause Jessie was the star of the show over Christ­mas!

It’s been such a ride. The Christ­mas ‘wed­ding’ ob­vi­ously didn’t go to plan what with the groom get­ting lost and faint­ing. It wasn’t ideal.

But now the big day has fi­nally ar­rived – so what hap­pens?

We’re not sure whether Paddy will make it to be Mar­lon’s best man, while lit­tle April, who had the time of her life at the Christ­mas wed­ding danc­ing in her beau­ti­ful dress, can’t be both­ered – she’d rather be with her friends. So it feels like it’s fall­ing apart. Yet they get to the church, the cer­e­mony gets un­der­way… and then who bursts through the door but Mandy Din­gle!

It must be so lovely to see Lisa Ri­ley smack-bang in the mid­dle of your nup­tials!

It’s hilarious! I hadn’t met Lisa be­fore and we spent the day in gig­gles film­ing. It was cold, we were wear­ing skimpy wed­ding out­fits but it didn’t mat­ter be­cause we were hav­ing such a laugh be­tween takes. She’s fan­tas­tic.

‘Lisa Ri­ley and I spent the day gig­gling’

Did Lisa just get straight into it?

She put the Mandy Din­gle coat and shoes on and off she went. It was like she’d never said good­bye.

Mean­while, Jessie’s sons are still at log­ger­heads. How’s the New Year look­ing?

They need to find their way. The ten­sion be­tween them has been long-stand­ing. El­lis thinks Billy is her golden child. It’s go­ing to take a lot for them but they have to

be­cause she and Mar­lon want their happy end­ing – with all of them liv­ing un­der the same roof.

At least your real life is a lot calmer. How was 2018 for you?

I have a thing where I look back at things I was ner­vous about at the start of the year and put it all in to con­text and say to my­self, ‘You got passed that mo­ment and you did that thing…’ It’s a great way of look­ing for­ward. I also take pic­tures of things that make me smile, which I keep in a folder on my phone and look back on. It makes me ap­pre­ci­ate the lovely stuff that has hap­pened to me. It’s a great way of staying pos­i­tive.

San­dra with co-stars Mark Charnock and Asan N’jie

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