Emmerdale star Charlotte Bellamy has revealed to Soaplife that in forthcoming episodes, her character Laurel Thomas will be left devastated after her step-daughter Gabby accuses Laurel’s boyfriend Marlon (Mark Charnock) of hitting her!
While also revealing that Laurel will lose custody of Gabby – who frankly creeps me out, rather much like every child in every horror movie ever, including Damien out of the Omen – she began by explaining how things come to a dramatic stand off in the Thomas family.
She said, “Gabby’s taken a real dislike to Marlon. It’s not personal but, to Gabby, Marlon is the reason she, Arthur, Laurel and Ashley are no longer a happy family.
“I think the writers are handling this very well and very realistically. It’s what often happens when a family unravels.”
Charlotte added, “Gabby’s off school sick and behaving badly to irritate Laurel…
“She then sees Laurel and Marlon kissing and yells at Laurel, telling her how much she hates her and also saying Laurel’s not her real mum.
“Not surprisingly, this really upsets Laurel, but worse is to come. Marlon tries to calm Gabby down and she lashes out. Gabby then claims Marlon hit her!”
Unable to cope with the situation, Laurel decides to talk about it with her ex, Ashley (John Middleton).
Of that, Charlotte said, “She decides to tell Ashley what’s happened and that Gabby’s making things up.
“Laurel doesn’t want Gabby telling Ashley her own version…
“She’s also angry with Ashley, believing he’s trying to turn Gabby even more against Marlon than she is already.”
Charlotte went on to say the Gabby does eventually tell her dad the truth, that Marlon didn’t hit her, but the child also pleads with Ashley to let her live with him.
Charlotte explained, “Ashley makes arrangements for Gabby to move into the pub with him.
“Legally, Laurel is only Gabby’s stepmother. But as far Laurel as concerned, Gabby is her daughter.
“And I think Gabby would very happily accept Laurel as Mummy again if only Laurel and Ashley would get back together.
“But I very much doubt that is going to happen.”
And finally, of the fact that Gabby’s mum Bernice (Samantha Giles) is returning to the village – and when asked if Bernice might try for custody of Gabby – Charlotte said, “That’s a million-dollar question. It’s real cat-among-the-pigeons stuff!”
Are you excited that Bernice is headed back to Emmerdale?