Next week sees Debbie cavorting with Cameron – the killer who broke her heart!
“She loves him. Her feelings haven’t changed and every time she sees him, it is a big smack in the face. It’s interesting to play because I can see why she is behaving like this.”
Has it been tough filming Debbie’s descent into darkness?
“It’s good to keep the layers. Someone who is a full-on bitch is boring and that’s not Debbie. But there is no other job out there that could challenge me like these storylines have and I love that, but you have to throw yourself into the job 100 per cent and after a heavy day at work, I am so tired, I am like a robot.”
Are you going to be particularly busy with Debbie’s storylines this year?
“There is no kind of gap in sight, but I am sure there is a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere. Viewers are enjoying Debbie’s story and that’s what counts.”
You joined Emmerdale when you were 14. Have you found it tough growing up on one of the country’s biggest shows?
“I’ve learned a lot from Jeff Hordley and Emma Atkins who are like my adopted brother and sister. They are all about their work. Sometimes, you can have the wrong people around you, but I’ve been lucky.”
You have a three-year-old son with co-star Matthew Wolfenden. Is that a tough job, too?
“I love being a mum, but my heart is with my job. I found it hard being at home with a baby every day. It helps that Matthew is very hands on with Buster.”
Were you pleased Emmerdale won at the Soap Awards?
“I was so pleased that we won Best Episode [for October’s 40th anniversary live episode]… Matthew didn’t mind losing out to Danny Mac for sexiest male – it is just a bit of fun and he’s not vain!”
Have you and Matthew considered tying the knot?
“I am so busy, it is the last thing on my mind. I would want a small little ceremony – the idea of walking down the aisle with everyone looking at me makes me want to be sick.”