Emmerdale‘s Sammy Winward talks to Soaplife about Katie’s attraction to wealthy property magnate Declan…

So, how long has Katie had her eye on Declan?
“I think finding out Declan and Ella had split up was the catalyst for making Katie realise she did actually quite like him. But this has kind of come out of nowhere. The two of them have been working together for about 18 months, but there’s never been any inkling that they like each other. Now all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Oh, he’s really nice.'”

Has she been using Mia’s friendship to get close to him?
“I don’t think that’s about Declan. I think because Katie’s parents were divorced, she feels she can chat to Mia about it; she just wants to help her out.”

When Declan asks her out to dinner, why does she pick the B&B?
“Because she wants to annoy Ella after Ella warns her to stay away from Declan. Katie thinks, ‘Right, what’s the perfect place for everybody to find out we’ve been on a date?’ The B&B, with Val as our waitress. Val will tell everybody!”

And Ella then plays really dirty: she tells Mia that Declan’s been having an affair with Katie for ages…
“She’s really annoyed. The only thing Ella can do is use Mia, because that’s Declan’s weak point and that’s a nasty thing to do.”

So Declan promises Mia he won’t see Katie, even though he plans to…
“Katie makes it clear she won’t be Declan’s secret and she also respects Mia’s feelings. But I don’t think it’s the end of it – hopefully Mia will come round.”

Could Katie be the new Lady of the Manor at Home Farm?
“I suppose so. She has kind of been through that before, with Grayson and Perdy, mingling with the posher crowd.”