Emmerdale’s armed siege has a ‘romantic’ twist

Emmerdale’s Natalie Anderson has revealed how Cameron Murray’s armed siege at The Woolpack actually has a romantic twist to it for her character Alicia Gallagher.

The actress admitted it was terrifying to film the scenes with Dominic Power who plays Cameron wielding a huge gun around the pub, with rain pounding against the windows, on what is supposed to be Priya Sharma’s hen night before she marries David Metcalfe.

Natalie revealed: “Dominic Power was incredibly scary. He was so frightening that I didn’t need to act because I was genuinely scared. He was compelling and frightening, and we were stuck in the same place for three days, so it really did feel like we were being held hostage!

“In the story, the weather is really terrible – so the rain machines outside and the rain pounding on the windows in the interior scenes really added a whole other level of eeriness and cold. The uncomfortable nature of the set made it easier to film the scenes.

“Suddenly he comes out with this huge shotgun, wet hair, unhinged and manic… The gun itself is massive, it is a very scary weapon and you can see right down the barrel. He takes control of the pub and is very violent.”

But the situation rekindles David’s love for old flame Alicia.

Natalie added: “It’s Priya’s hen do, but Alicia and David have a little moment outside The Woolpack during her hen do. Alicia’s got to the point where she’s probably going to end it with Dom, as she’s madly in love with David, and she confesses this to him. It’s raining and they’re both wearing bunny ears and the scene is very sweet. It added a romantic level to the siege.

“In the siege it becomes very apparent that David loves both of them. Alicia is in there by herself and it seems David’s natural instinct is to grab her and look after her. There’s a funny moment where he has one arm round Alicia and one round Priya. They’re not giving each other the evils because they’re both frightened, although I do think Priya has an inkling that David can’t keep away from Alicia…”


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