Name: Leyla Harding

First appeared: 11th August 2008

Birthday: 4th March 1984

Parents: Yvonne Harding

Spouse: Pete Barton (boyfriend)

Siblings: Alicia Gallagher

Children: Jacob

Occupation: Party Planner

Lives: Tug Ghyll

Milestones:

 

2008: Arrives in Emmerdale to work at the factory for Eric Pollard

2009: Begins a relationship with David Metcalfe

Starts working as deputy manager at the Home Farm Shop

Blackmailed by Nathan Wylde after a one night stand with him

David finds out and they briefly split but soon reunite

Leyla becomes the owner of the Home Farm Shop and renames it ‘Leyla’s’

2010: Moves in with David and buys Farrers Barn

Her mum dies and Leyla attends the funeral alone, seeing sister Alicia

Revealed to be the mother of ‘nephew’ Jacob, with the father Alicia’s husband Justin

Alicia splits with Justin and moves with Jacob to Emmerdale

2011: Becomes overly attached to Jacob and leaves the village

Dec 2013: Returns to Emmerdale, demanding to see Jacob who knows she is his mother

Is rescued by Alicia from an abusive boss at a pole dancing club

2014: Goes onto business with Megan Macey as wedding planners

Leyla has an affair with Megan’s partner Jai Sharma

2015: Starts seeing Jai’s brother Nikhil and after a whirlwind romance, they get engaged. The engagement is called off when Nikhil realises she still loves Jai

2016: Starts a relationship with Pete Barton.

Roxy Shahidi

 

Born Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi in Manchester in 1983, Roxy has many theatre credits to her name, including East is East, Janus, and Othello at the National Theatre.

She began her career as part of Contact Young Actors Company in 2004 and went on to work for Peskar Productions as a drama workshop leader in Oldham and Bolton.

Roxy has also acted in radio plays, e.g. Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers. From November 2012 through to January 2013 she played the role of Shahrazad in the Manchester Library Theatre Company performances of Arabian Nights at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, near Manchester.

She is also a qualified yoga instructor. She became a vegetarian at the age of 8, and a vegan since the age of 21. She is married to British Asian actor Arsher Ali.

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