Does Debbie believe Ross has turned his back on crime?
“She knows he will always do dangerous stuff, but she believes he wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise their relationship.”
So how does she react when police say they have evidence to place Ross at the scene of Robert’s shooting?
“She confronts Ross [Michael Parr], who protests his innocence. She knows it could be possible, but even so, she gives him an alibi.”
The trouble doesn’t go away, though, does it?
“No. Robert [Ryan Hawley] pulls a gun on Ross and things reach a head between Debbie and Ross. Debbie is at a loss as to what to do, so she visits her mum, Charity, in prison.”
What makes her go to Charity?
“She has nobody else to turn to. She is heartbroken because Ross has lied to her. He has shot someone and she doesn’t want that sort of person around her children. She wants her mum Charity [Emma Atkins] to understand where she is coming from.”
And what does Debbie do after that?
“Debbie realises she needs to be on her own for a while. She leaves the village and doesn’t tell anybody where she is going.
You are now on maternity leave to have your second baby, will you watch Emmerdale while you are off?
“I’ll record it and keep up. Also, lots of friends from work want to come and visit, so they’ll keep me up to date. I also plan to take the new baby in to meet everyone.”