Emmerdale newcomer Natalie Anderson is having a ball getting tarted up for her role as Alicia Gallagher, the trashy older sister of Leyla Harding.

The actress, who previously starred in Wicked in the West End, said she is wearing lots of ‘special bras’, explaining: “There’s a lot of cleavage, which isn’t all mine.

“Wearing all the padded bras is really fun. I showed my husband a picture and he said, ‘I don’t get to see them! Where do they come from?'”

Alicia added: “I’m really enjoying myself. The character is just so much fun to play because she’s so different from me.”

Larger-than-life Alicia storms into Emmerdale village to order Leyla (Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi) to stay away from their mother’s funeral, but the reason for the family rift will emerge later in the show.

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