Could Emmerdale’s Dawn lose son Lucas forever?
Just when she was getting her life together, Emmerdale’s Dawn Taylor is rocked to discover she may have lost her son forever. Actress Olivia Bromley reveals there’s heartache and drama ahead for on screen alter-ego.
Emmerdale’s Dawn Taylor has had it a lot rougher than most. Fighting a drug addiction and forced to work as a prostitute, she finally has a support network to get her back on her feet. However, news that she could lose her son Lucas forever could be the final straw. Actress Olivia Bromley explains…
“I’d love it if Dawn could get clean, but she’s going through a physical and mental addiction, and that’s not an easy thing to break,” says Olivia Bromley, who plays Dawn. “You need people to drag you out of that, and Dawn’s spent years being completely lost. It’s a big battle, and she has to fight hard.”
Dawn is struggling with her withdrawal symptoms despite the help of Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) and her best mate Ryan Stocks (James Moore). So, the last thing she needs is to find out that her son Lucas is to be adopted. Dawn is furious at Harriet for giving her hope that she could put her life back together. But instead of accepting help, Dawn decides to do something very rash…
“She’s totally floored by the news – Lucas is a huge driving force in her wanting to get clean,” explains Olivia. “In fact, she’s doing it more for him than for herself. I don’t think she dared to dream that she could get Lucas back because there’s so much shame and pain attached to the fact she lost him. So, to get her hopes up and then hear he’s being adopted by other people is devastating.”
Vicar Harriet is stunned when Dawn explains her plan to do whatever it takes to get her son back. What on earth does that means? How serious is Dawn about making this happen?
“She’d go pretty far to get her con back,” warns Olivia. “I think a mother’s instincts are quite strong, and she’s not exactly a rational human being! I’d love Lucas to arrive in Emmerdale because, on a personal level, I’d love to have a little son. It would cause difficulties for Dawn, and that would be really interesting to play.”
With the audience is rooting for Dawn to get her life on the straight and narrow, Olivia explains how the audience reaction to her troubled alter ego has dramatically changed in recent months.
“Initially people thought Dawn was bringing real negativity to Ross Barton’s life and causing trouble,” she explains. “But I love how it’s played out since then and that people now see she has a good heart. Dawn’s just down on her luck and has a real chance of redemption, so people have warmed to her and realised there are lots of layers to her. I’m very happy with how Emmerdale has developed her character.”
Olivia Bromley arrived in Emmerdale to film just eight episodes but the audience response ensured she is now a regular character. So, what advice would Olivia have for Dawn?
“I would tell her to trust people and to let them in!” she insists. “Dawn’s so defensive, and she keeps knocking people back. If she doesn’t let anybody into her heart, her recovery is going to be more difficult. So, if people want to help her, she needs to let them!”
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