Newcomer Lydia Hart proves not all maybe as it seems next week as the Emmerdale Spoilers reveal that she has been spinning a web of lies. As every soap fan knows, lying never leads to anything good. Actress Karen Blick talks about her character’s dilemma.
Lovely Lydia has installed herself firmly into village life. Now living with Laurel and the Thomas clan, dating Sam Dingle (James Hooten), and working for what feels like every business in Emmerdale, she’s a one woman cleaning cyclone.
It’s not only us that have noticed, as the people she works for clock what’s going on too, but Lydia explains she has an employee – Una. However, it doesn’t look like Una actually exists and its all to help Lydia make ends meet.
Actress Karen Blick explains more…
So why has Lydia invented Una?
“She has jobs at the factory, The Woolpack and Home Farm, and employment laws say that she shouldn’t be working that many hours. She is struggling financially, so she creates this fictional employee to enable her to work all the shifts she needs.”
That lie was never going to fly!
“No. Well, Lydia is not comfortable with lying. At first, it was a little white lie and she wasn’t setting out to deceive anyone, but it is getting out of hand now.”
It is. Kerry suspects she’s cheating on Sam…
“Lydia is very principled and cares deeply for her boyfriend, Sam Dingle, so she’d never do anything to jeopardise their relationship. She is horrified that Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) thinks that. Lydia likes to see herself as an upstanding and moral member of society.”
Are you like Lydia at all?
“I would like to say ‘No’, but my husband might disagree. Lydia is warm-hearted, kind and her heart is in the right place, so I like to think we are similar in that respect. I hope I am a bit more socially aware than she is, though. Lydia tends to say exactly what is on her mind, whereas I think about it before I open my mouth.”
Do you have a favourite scene so far?
“Sam and Lydia’s date in the shop, with David listening in was brilliant to film. Matthew Wolfenden was laughing in the background. It was beautifully written and fun to do. Also, I love working with James Hooton, who plays Sam. He’s a fantastic actor and so unlike Sam in real life.”
What would be your dream storyline?
“It would be lovely if Sam and Lydia had an amazing Dingle wedding and finished off the celebrations with a nod to the Dirty Dancing routine in the village hall. If they did that, it would be a highlight.”
Lydia is one of the best connected characters in the Dales!
“It’s true. Lydia has had nice scenes with nearly everybody now. She’s been established in the Woolpack, at Home Farm, and other staple areas of the village. I’ve really enjoyed the mix – and I can’t wait to see where she goes next.”