Emmerdale: Danny Miller explains why Aaron Livesy turns to self-harm

by Lynn Connolly

In forthcoming episodes of Emmerdale, we’ll see the grieving Aaron Livesy increasingly turns to self-harm as a way to vent his frustrations and unresolved anger over Jackson Walsh’s death…

And the actor who plays Aaron, Danny Miller, has been explaining to Soaplife why Aaron is hurting himself.

He said, “He’s so angry. Hurting himself is pretty scary, but it changes his mood…

“He’s almost happy when he’s hurt. He thinks he and Hazel should have given Jackson longer to adapt to his altered life, although Jackson was pleading to die.

“Aaron loathes himself and he won’t let anyone in to help him. The self-harming is how he’s dealing with this.”

And when asked if visiting Jackson’s grave helps Aaron, Danny said, “No, although he thought it might…

“Instead of it making him remember the good times, it just brings home to him what he did and makes him even more angry.”

As we’ll see in upcoming episodes, Zak sets up a punch bag for Aaron to help him vent his frustrations, but will it help?

Danny said, “Zak and Cain think it’s better for Aaron to smack a punchbag than any person who happens to get in his way. And it works…

“Mostly because he can hurt himself. He refuses to wear boxing gloves so he gets friction burns and his hands bleed. The injuries are a kind of release.”

Of the research that Danny’s done in preparation for the self-harming storyline, Danny said, “I’ve spoken to someone who used to self-harm and now runs a charity to help people who want to stop.

“I’ve also done some research on the internet and gone to the website www.selfharm.co.uk.

“This storyline is a massive challenge. I love it.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.