Emmerdale star Chris Bisson has said Jai Sharma’s upcoming fling with Rachel Breckle is just ‘a bit of a laugh’.

The factory boss ends up having a one-night stand with his cleaner after they both get drunk together, as he tries to escape the problems he is going through with wife Charity over her refusal to have children.

Chris said: “It’s not an excuse, but what he’s done is, in order to try and cope with all these things, he’s gone out on the lash.

“He just needs a blow out and he just needs to get it off his chest, and Rachel comes into the factory and she’s had a rubbish day as well, and Jai needs someone to have a drink with and have a bit of a laugh and a break from the troubles that are piling and piling up for him.”

He added: “They are just getting drunk. There is no sense that he’s hitting on her or she’s hitting on him, there’s no flirting going on. It is literally a drunken stumble and they end up a bit too close.

“They are both inebriated and they are both going through a difficult time and they think ‘stuff it’ and they do things that they shouldn’t do.”

But Jai regrets it straight away, and his way of dealing with it just makes things go from bad to worse.

Chris revealed: “Jai regrets it immediately.

“He has no feelings for Rachel whatsoever. He’s absolutely devastated that he’s betrayed Charity and he’s had an adulterous liaison with the cleaner.

“His marriage is the first thing in his mind, and that plays out quite badly with Rachel. He says it should never have happened and he makes her feel really small.”