Life for vet Rhona Kirk isn’t going well right now, given that locum vet Brett (Gideon Turner) is about to make a move on her, and her husband Paddy (Dominic Brunt) is currently unable to work at the surgery…
And of course, she has little Leo to take of too, so it’s little wonder that Rhona will pleased to see her old mate Vanessa Woodfield when she arrives in the village for a visit.
However, as Zoe Henry – who of course plays Rhona – has revealed to Inside Soap, fun loving party girl Vanessa is set to cause some “fireworks” in the village with her plain speaking and no nonsense attitude.
Zoe, who’s married to her Emmerdale co-star Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle, said, “Rhona was young, free and single the last time she and Vanessa were hanging out at university…
“We’ve just started filming the scenes where Vanessa returns to her life. They’re great, because Rhona starts becoming more of a ‘lad about town’, as it were – while poor old Paddy is left at home literally holding the baby.”
Zoe added, “I think there’ll definitely be quite a few fireworks when Vanessa arrives!”
Michelle Hardwick will play the role of Vanessa, and she recently told ITV, “As a local girl and a fan of the show, Emmerdale is my dream job.
“After only two days I am starting to feel at home already and Vanessa is such a fun character I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her.”
But back to Zoe, and in addition to talking about Vanessa’s arrival, Zoe’s also revealed that she constantly worries about looking “like a complete idiot” on screen!
Speaking about the scenes in which Brett tries to kiss Rhona, Zoe said, “I get in such a state about things like that!
“I’m just terrified that I’m going to look like a complete idiot in some way.
“It’s genuinely quite an unpleasant experience, as you’ve got a roomful of men standing about watching what’s going on. There’s nothing remotely romantic about it.
“Thankfully, Gideon was delightful. It was entirely my pleasure by the end – it could definitely have been a lot worse!”
Here’s a reminder of the awkwardness of the Rhona, Paddy and Marlon (Mark Charnock) love triangle…