Emmerdale’s Sammy Winward has revealed she loves being the ‘lady of the manor’ now that her character Katie Sugden is living at Home Farm.

The 26-year-old, who has played the role for 11 years, said she was pleased to see Katie finding love with land owner Declan Macey (Jason Merrells) – and that it was a different story when she first joined the soap.

“It’s nice to be the lady of the manor,” Sammy said. “When I first started I was a schoolgirl, in detention and then living on the farm and now it’s completely different – strutting round the manor house.”

However her relationship with Declan is set to be put to the test when his long-lost nephew Robbie (Jamie Shelton) moves in to Home Farm – and she is united with Robbie’s mum Megan (Gaynor Faye) in their mistrust of the new arrival.

“I hope Katie and Megan become closer,” Sammy admitted. “They’re completely different but if they did actually have each other’s backs and were friends they could do very well together and be happy in that house.

“It has been difficult because they hated each other from day one. It’s quite a weird relationship, literally from the off they were like ‘I hate you!’. But I do hope they could get close and be two girls in Home Farm that actually get on.”

Offscreen though, the actors have wasted no time bonding with the newcomers. “We all went out for a big Home Farm meal the other night,” Sammy said. “Me, Gaynor, Jason and Nicola Wheeler and Jamie. It was really lovely just to get to know each other a bit better.”