As fans of Emmerdale will know, last year, Laurel Thomas and Marlon Dingle had a platonic affair, and though they were deeply in love with each other, Laurel decided to end their illicit relationship so that she could concentrate on rebuilding her marriage to Ashley…
But of course, that all went very much Pete Tong when Ashley (John Middleton) physically abused his elderly dad Sandy (Freddie Jones) and was cast out by the village as whole in true pariah style.
Which has of course now left Laurel single, and Marlon – who’s never stopped loving her – with a glimmer of hope that perhaps the lady will be his after all…
And indeed she will be, as Mark Charnock and Charlotte Bellamy, who of course play the soon-to-be lovers explained to TV Times magazine.
When asked how he feels about Marlon and Laurel finally being able to enjoy a proper relationship, Mark said, “It feels really right,” but he added that he’s glad the love story has been a slow burner…
He said, “I love the fact that the writers didn’t allow them to consummate their relationship.
“They have had these amazing romantic feelings for each other for so long and now it is OK to reopen that door.
“It’s what viewers want too and now they can enjoy the romance without having to wag their moral finger at the characters.”
Charlotte added, “It is such a lovely climax to the whole Brief Encounter-style story. I think they are really great together.”
She went on to say, “For me it is a new journey as I have been with Ashley on screen for eight years. It’s a big change and that’s exciting.”
However, she cautioned that neither she nor Mark know yet how long term their characters’ love affair will continue.
She said, “I don’t know what will happen. Laurel comes with a lot of baggage – Sandy and her two children.
“And Marlon has a child. It’s a big new family, so who knows what pressures and adventures that will bring.”
But Mark added, “I hope they run with it. There is a really good chemistry between them on screen and we are really good mates off it.
“It feels like a new lease of life for Marlon. It has been a long time since he has been in an equal loving relationship and I think they are perfect together.
“They both have a lot of love to give, they are quirky and it is a meeting of minds. She is everything his heart desires.”
Aww I hope Marlon and Laurel last. Do you?
Here’s a reminder of their affair last year…