Emmerdale’s new resident Suzanne Shaw talks about Dales life, advice from Pauline Quirke and her dream job – a sitcom with Ray Winstone…

How was your first day on set?
“I was petrified! It was really nerve-wracking. My first scene was in the village, so to actually be in a place that you’ve grown up watching all your life was really breathtaking and quite emotional.”

What were your fellow cast members like?
“All the actors made me feel very, very welcome. It’s really weird though, because at the start I knew what their characters were called, but didn’t know their real names!”

Your character, Eve Jenson, is Edna’s granddaughter. (She previously appeared in 2001 and 2006, played by Raine Davison). What’s she like?
“She guilt-trips Edna into letting her stay, but only if she can get a job. Eve’s a bit more interested in going out partying and snogging lads at this point though. She is fun, feisty and very, very flirty! At the same time, she’s genuinely going through a bit of heartbreak, so her way to get over it is to start being a little bit outrageous.”

And you also clash pretty quickly with Katie Sugden (Sammy Winward)?
“Katie’s made it very clear that Eve’s not welcome. Eve does fancy Ryan, but being with him is also a way of getting one up on Katie because of what’s gone on in the past. She’s a little bit smug, but she still wants a bit of fun, so she doesn’t see any harm in it.”

In real life though you seem pretty settled? (Suzanne, 28, is married to Jason King, one half of former Radio 1 DJ-ing outfit JK and Joel and they live in Buckinghamshire with Suzanne’s five-year-old son Corey, from a previous relationship with singer Darren Day)
“Yes. We’re renting a place in Leeds, so we can be there for school holidays. We were there this weekend with Corey and he didn’t want to leave – he loves the new house so much!”

Does Corey know about your job?
“He’s a bit confused. He says to me, ‘I don’t want you to be on TV because I want to watch Ben 10!’ He enjoys watching me at the theatre though. I did White Christmas with Aled Jones in Manchester and he absolutely loved it. Every time he was there he said, ‘I want to watch the show again’, and I’d reply, ‘Seriously? Again?!'”

You are a previous Dancing on Ice champion and have been on the Tour. Who do you think will win this year?
“I’m loving this series and I’ve got to back Hayley. She’s my mate and she’s been amazing. I’d be so happy for her. I’m definitely going to miss live performances, but I really love this job at Emmerdale. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but at the same time I feel I’m finally where I really want to be.”

Did anyone give you any good advice?
“Pauline Quirke is a really good friend of mine and her daughter is Corey’s nanny so we spend a lot of time with them. She sat down with me and went through my script, giving me a few tips. Pauline’s one of our top actresses, so who better to learn from?”

Are there any other ambitions you have left?
“A sitcom. It’s something I’d really like to do, whether it’s British or American. I’d love to work opposite Ray Winstone in a show like Only Fools and Horses or Men Behaving Badly!”