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
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