We knew she would never play the victim well, or clean, but Emma Atkins has revealed that she is pleased her Emmerdale character, Charity Sharma is back to being bad!
For a while it seemed like the two Dingle firecrackers, Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Charity (Emma Atkins) had finally settled down into calm, normal life.
Cain had moved on and found real love and happiness with famer’s wife, Moira Barton (Natalie J Robb), whilst Charity enjoyed married bliss with chocolate factory owner, Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson).
All the peace didn’t last long, for one of the kissing cousins at least, when it was finally revealed that Jai had fathered Rachel Breckle’s baby Archie, behind Charity’s back.
At first it looked like Charity might let bygones be bygones and accept this new development, but it didn’t take long for the old, vengeful Charity to resurface and start wreaking havoc on those who had wronged her.
Her first attempts at revenge were to openly flirt with other men in front of Jai, a tired tactic that did not have the desired effect. However, when she moved on to Jai’s best friend, Declan (Jason Merelles) an even bigger opportunity presented itself….
Having witnessed Declan setting fire to his own house, and convincing him to leave it whilst it was engulfed by flames, Charity then realised that a huge insurance pay out was imminent as long as the police did not suspect Declan was responsible.
Finding some CCTV footage which showed her cousin Sam (James Hooton) entering the house before the fire, Charity realised that she had the perfect person to frame, as well as destroying the life of her nemesis, Rachel (Gemma Oaten), who had just got engaged to him.
Now the gloves are well and truly off, and the game well and truly on as Charity and Declan play cat and mouse with Rachel and Sam, and according to Emma Atkins, who plays Charity, she is pleased her charterer is back to being bad.
Discussing the current storyline on a recent episode of Loose Women, the actress explained:
“It’s such a dastardly plan. I don’t know how bad it can actually get, but I’m really loving playing it.
“Obviously she’s riddled with guilt, but I just think when you’re a baddie like that, you do have to keep being bad. Something will obviously stop her in the end, and I’m waiting to see what that’s going to be.
“At the moment I’m constantly apologising to everyone for being so rotten. I enjoy playing a baddie, I suppose. When I get my storylines through and she’s going to be a little bit dark and a little bit more sinister, it makes it more diverse, more interesting to play. But I am constantly apologising.”
On whether Charity will continue to get away with her revenge, Atkins continued:
“For the time being, yes. She can only go on for so long before someone breaks her. How long can someone continue? People keep calling me Lady Macbeth – I can’t be that bad surely!”
The plot is due to conclude next week when, after an ultimatum issued by Charity, Rachel Breckle is set to leave the soap for good.
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV1 / ITV1 HD – Watch Gemma Oaten, who plays Rachel, discussing her exit in the clip below: