Emmerdale: Caleb gives advice to Leyla
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Emmerdale’s Leyla Harding star Roxy Shahidi has recalled being asked by TV bosses to film a scene which would see her drop her bra and knickers as she seduced doctor Liam Cavanagh (played by Johnny McPherson) on the long-running ITV soap. The actress flat out refused, insisting she would not be comfortable filming the scene.
Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, actress Roxy detailed: “Everyone’s got their own body issues, haven’t they? So, they’re [producers] fantastic like that.
“And equally, if there’s stuff in the script that you’re not comfortable with, whether that’s emotional, or whether that’s on a physical level, whatever it is, you can always raise that.”
She went on to recall: “For example, I was written in in an underwear scene where I shimmied into a doctor’s surgery and dropped my coat in bra and knickers.
“I said, ‘No, I’m not doing that.’
“And so, I ended up in a nice knee length dress from Reiss, but I did a really good shimmy, a little dance, and I think it was funnier.
“For me personally, I felt comfortable delivering that scene, and also people don’t want to see my bra and knickers when they’re having their tea.”
In Thursday’s double bill of Emmerdale, Leyla was finally freed after being held captive by drug dealer Callum.
Fans were concerned she would be killed off but Roxy told host Steph McGovern her ideal exit would “100 percent be in a taxi”.
She explained: “If you get in a taxi, you can always come back in a taxi. You go in taxi, you come back in a taxi. “So, you want the taxi really because it leaves that door fluid.
“You don’t want to die; it’d be too sad to die. You’ve known that character for years and years and years and you’ve invested so much. I couldn’t do it, I’d weep.”
Fortunately for both Leyla and Roxy, her character managed to survive her horrifying kidnap ordeal.
Suzy Merton (Martelle Edinborough) and Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) rushed off to rescue Leyla but ended up being held hostage by Callum too.
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He pulled out a gun and waved it in front of Suzy, Jacob and Leyla threatening to get rid of them for good.
As he aimed the gun at Jacob, Leyla begged Callum to shoot her instead.
Fortunately, it was at that moment, the police made contact and told Callum to put his weapon down.
He emerged from the cabin with armed police pointing guns at him and he realised there was no way out
As he lowered his gun, police arrested the drug dealer and Suzy, Jacob and Leyla finally made their way out of the cabin they’d been held in.
Callum was arrested for kidnap, forced imprisonment and the possession of a firearm.
Jacob hugged his mum and told her the ordeal was finally over. Hopefully they can now move on with their lives.
Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV at 7.30pm.
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