EMMERDALE SPOILERS: Priya Kotecha has lost her mojo since her affair with Pete Barton but has she lost more than that? After lashing out at her daughter Amba and her niece Eliza, the Sharma family are concerned when Jai Sharma discovers his daughter is covered in mysterious bruises. Has Priya lost her grip and took her anger out on an innocent child?
The first signs of Priya Kotecha’s increased stress levels are when she throws food at a wall when looking after Amba and her baby niece Eliza, who has cerebral palsy. When Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) discovers Eliza is covered in bruises, he fears his little girl might have had another seizure and rushes her to hospital.
When the doctors reveal Eliza didn’t have a seizure, Priya’s family suspect she has hurt her niece. “She’s horrified,” actress Fiona Wade tells Soaplife. “She leaves the factory over it, and she’s in a vulnerable place.”
Priya’s dad, Rishi, is the first person to suspect her…Why?
Two days before, Priya had a meltdown. She had a terrible meeting at work, her personal life isn’t great, and she’s worried for Amba, as she isn’t eating. She’s worried that her eating disorder might have affected her daughter and she’s very stressed about it. Rishi walked in just after Priya threw the food and he saw the mess. He puts two and two together and comes up with six.
How does Priya feel about being suspected, especially by her family?
She’s absolutely devastated. She goes to the hospital to see if Eliza is okay, as she thinks she had an epileptic fit. Rishi turns to her and says “Are you sure this is nothing to do with you?” she can’t believe what she is hearing from her father.
Does anybody believe her?
It’s difficult. Jai knows deep down that she hasn’t done anything, but he has to protect his daughter. Eliza’s mum, Megan Macey, has her doubts, too. But, again, her first instinct is to look out for her baby. The police and social services get involved and Priya ends up moving out of the family home and leaving the factory!
So she’s feeling pretty vulnerable…
Yes. Everything has fallen apart since her affair with Pete Barton, who was supposed to be marrying her best friend Leyla Harding. Now she has no family, no man and no best friend.
What’s the real reason behind Eliza’s strange bruises?
You’ll have to wait to find out. There’s a lot more drama and speculation to come.
How do you feel about this storyline?
Its great to have a new storyline to get in to. I’ve had to do some screaming scenes that were a little tricky. The thing is, they obviously kept the kids out of those, so I had to scream at empty chairs instead! I’d really like to see Priya come back fighting and feeling strong again.