Zoe Henry is such good friends with her Emmerdale co-star Jonathan Wrather that he stays at her's to learn his lines and save on travel time

Emmerdale star Zoe Henry has said that she and her on-screen abuser are great mates in real life, sharing sleepovers to run through their lines.

Zoe plays Rhona Goskirk in the ITV soap and appeared in a harrowing episode on Monday where her new husband Pierce Harris, who has been abusing her for months, raped her on their wedding day.

But the actress said she and Jonathan Wrather, who plays Pierce, get on so well off screen that he comes to stay overnight with her and husband Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle in the soap, to avoid a long commute to the other side of the Pennines.

Emmerdale Zoe Henry as Rhona
Zoe Henry says she is close friends with her co-star (ITV)

 

She told This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: “He comes and has sleepovers and we have food together.”

Zoe added that Jonathan was not the only co-star she and Jeff had played hosts to overnight – Nicola Stephenson, who played Pierce’s former wife Tess, a character who was killed in a hit-and-run after having an affair with Rhona’s then-husband Paddy, was also a regular guest.

Emmerdale Rhona and Pierce
The Rhona and Pierce storyline has made for uncomfortable viewing (Amy Brammall/ITV)

 

She said: “Hilariously, Nicola Stephenson, who played Tess, went to school with Jeff, so she used to come and have sleepovers as well.

“It’s quite good fun at our house, you know.

“Jeff’s a brilliant cook so Jonny (Wrather) and I just hang out and run lines, it gives us an opportunity to do more work.”

Jeff Hordley and Zoe Henry
Jeff and Zoe are welcoming to their co-stars (Ian West/PA)

 

Zoe warned viewers that Tuesday’s episode dealing with the rape aftermath could be even more upsetting to watch.

She said: “It was harder because of how Pierce reacts – you expect an apology, but that doesn’t come.

 

“What does come is quite surprising, there’s no more violence, but it’s worse in a way.

“Rhona feels guilty, she’s seen signs and she’s ignored them, she’s pushed her friends away, and here she is on her own.”

Emmerdale continues on ITV at 7pm on Tuesday.