Actress Kelli Hollis – who has previously starred in Shameless – has landed a role on Emmerdale as Ali, the sister of Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten), and it seems she’s set to make quite a splash when she arrives in the village.
When asked by Soaplife how she would describe her character, Kelli said, “She’s feisty and she’ll do anything for her kids.
“She has left her husband for a woman and now she has to deal with how that affects her son, Sean, and daughter, Amelia.”
As to why Ali’s marriage failed, Kelli said, “Ali has left her husband of 15 years – who is apparently a good man and a great father – because she met Ruby and has fallen in love with her…
“This is about a fresh start for all of them. There are no doubts in Ali’s mind where Ruby is concerned.
“She didn’t take the decision to leave her husband and split up the family lightly; she’s fallen in love and she is 100 per cent committed to Ruby.”
However, even on the day she moves in, things don’t go smoothly for Ali.
Kelli said, “While they’re moving furniture in they take their eyes off her. Carl and Cameron are messing about trying to get at each other and Amelia steps out into the road as Carl is reversing.
“Luckily, Sam grabs her, but she dislocates her shoulder. So Ali reacts by punching Carl in the face.
“I don’t think she’s necessarily a violent person, but she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her kids.”
And finally, when asked if Ali’s going to settle into the village for good, Kelli said, “I think for a while she’ll question whether she has made the right decision, due to Sean’s reaction – and her ex-husband’s.
“He’s set to turn up on her doorstep some time in the future…”
We’ll meet Kelli as Ali in next week’s episodes.