Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten was stunned to learn her character Rachel Breckle has a one-night stand with boss Jai Sharma.

The cleaner and her boss both have a bad day and end up sleeping together after getting drunk – and Gemma confessed she was taken aback when Emmerdale producer Stuart Blackburn told her who Rachel was set to have a fling with.

She revealed: “When Stuart told me, my jaw just dropped to the floor. I didn’t see that one coming at all!

“I think I was like the public in thinking it might be Marlon, or it might be David, and then for this to come out it was like what?! But it made it more exciting for me, because when you read it on paper you think, ‘Is this really feasible? Can this happen?’

“But when we actually filmed it you realise it can happen, it was just two people in the wrong place at the wrong time feeling a mix of emotions and the human body and mind does what it does in those situations.”

Gemma revealed Rachel doesn’t have feelings for married man Jai, but his regrets make him treat her badly, and that makes her furious.

She said: “I think she’s got a really massive complex about herself and Jai really doesn’t help this. He doesn’t treat her very well and he implies he wouldn’t have touched her if he wasn’t drunk.

“It rubs salt into the wound for Rachel, because she’s down and she doesn’t get much affection and love from anybody. And to be as close as you can be with another human being and then for him to turn around and treat her the way he does, I think it really hurts and makes her very angry.”