Emmerdale has always had its fair share of bad boys, and the latest to join the ranks of those troublemakers is Robbie Lawson, who is of course Megan Macey’s estranged son.
As fans of the show will know, Megan (Gaynor Faye) gave Robbie up for adoption when he was a baby, but her brother Declan (Jason Merrells) recently tracked Robbie down, and the bad lad subsequently moved into Home Farm…
However, Robbie’s ruffling the feathers of Declan’s live in girlfriend Katie Sugden (Sammy Winward) with his sponging ways and his obnoxious form of flirting, and it’s an issue that Declan’s finding hard to forgive Robbie for.
But if it were up to Jamie Shelton, who plays Robbie, his character would be – and he hopes, will be – a much bigger pain in Emmerdale’s collective backside!
During an interview with the PA, Jamie said, “I want him to get into trouble with people. I want him to try bigger things, take more risks, because he doesn’t care.
“[I want him to] lead people astray, manipulate people, be the forefront at some of the negativity that goes around. Stir stuff up.
“I want him to live up to the title of being a bad boy.
“He’ll have a different relationship with everyone he meets, but every relationship he has is a selfish one, because he’s just thinking about himself and how he can benefit.
“He is selfish, and he is out for himself, and I hope he starts to make bigger decisions where he is just out for himself.”
And it seems the show’s fans might likewise appreciate seeing more of Robbie’s dark side, given that he’s quite popular with viewers.
Of that, Jamie said, “I’ve been getting a nice reaction, getting recognised a little bit here and there. But just good reactions really…
“People are interested in the relationship between Robbie and Megan.
“At the moment they seem to be saying ‘Isn’t Megan nasty?’ and I’m thinking, ‘Not really no, he’s the nasty one.’
“So I get the feeling they’re on his side at the moment.
“Some people say ‘nasty bit of work that Robbie is.’ But the majority seem to be on his side.
“Maybe that’ll change…”
Do you like the character of Robbie? Or do you love to hate him?