There’s love and romance – some of it ‘bad romance’ – in the air for the residents of Emmerdale this month as it’s been revealed that not only will Alicia Gallagher land herself a new man, but also that Debbie Dingle is still in love with her former boyfriend Cameron Murray, who has of course just proposed to his lover – and Debbie’s aunt – Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter).
Beginning with who’s set to woo Alicia, while speaking to OK! magazine, Natalie Anderson – who of course plays lovelorn Alicia – refused to reveal the identity of her character’s new and would-be suitor.
She said, “[It’s] someone in the village, and I can’t say who! But she is pursued by this person – in a very nice way.
“She’s not sure about her feelings, but the attention is nice, and of course it will be fascinating to see how David reacts to that!”
And on the subject of Alicia’s new job as a weddings and events manager at Home Farm, Natalie revealed that the job will give her character a new sense of confidence.
She said, “She goes to Scotland on a business trip and when she gets back she has a new energy and a slightly new look, with a bit of red lipstick.
“Before now, everything’s been a bit orange! This new look’s a little bit classier, as she’s slightly going up in the world.
“It’s still Alicia, of course, but in a business environment, so you’ll still get her in tight dresses, but not quite as short, and not quite as low!”
Returning now to what Charley Webb has had to say about her character Debbie’s continuing love for cheat – and murderer – Cameron Murray, who’s played by Dominic Power.
Speaking to ITV about the metamorphosis we’ve seen Debbie undergoing since Cameron hurt her so badly by having an affair with Chas, Charley said, “I think this is definitely a different Debbie, and it’s definitely the most ruthless we’ve seen her.
“It’s all because of what’s happened to her and what she’s been through – losing control, and now she wants that control back.”
Charley added, “Obviously Cameron was a massive part of Sarah’s life, and now that’s gone, I think Debbie is trying to replace something that is missing.
“She just wants to do everything she can and make sure [the kids are] happy and don’t want for anything, and she’s just completely going the wrong way about it.
“I think there would be a couple of things that would make Debbie happy for once in her life – which would be the business, making a lot of money.
“But deep down, what it’s all about is Cameron and she’s totally still in love with him, even after everything that he’s done, so of course [the second thing would be] if he came back to her.
“Whether she’d take him back I don’t know, but it’s definitely what’s missing in her life at the moment.”
Here’s a reminder of Debbie and Cameron in happier times…