Emmerdale's Roxy Shahidi: Leyla is 'terrified' of Suzy's return to her life

Emmerdale’s Roxy Shahidi has revealed just how panicked Leyla Cavanagh is by Suzy Merton’s (Martelle Edinborough) arrival.

Suzy recently struck up a romance with Leyla’s friend Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Edinborough); but Leyla was horrified when she discovered the pair on a date at the Woolpack. She immediately instructed Suzy to leave the village, but although Suzy promised never to reveal her secrets, she refused to go anywhere.

It will soon transpire that Leyla’s attitude is down to the fact that Suzy is a drug dealer who she has been taking cocaine with in order to cope with the trauma that life has brought Leyla’ way over the last 12 months.

And Roxy has explained what’s been going through Leyla’s mind ever since she saw Suzy again. ‘It’s terrifying for Leyla because she’s been managing to keep these two worlds apart,’ she said.

‘It’s almost like your mistress and your wife being in the same room. With the proximity of Suzy she feels she’s closer to being caught or exposed, whereas when what she did with Suzy was safely tucked away and separate she could compartmentalise that.’

‘But with Suzy being in her home, in her local, sat talking to her husband, she feels she’s going to be less able to do that,’ the actress adds.

In upcoming scenes, though, Leyla and Suzy end up working together. ‘They manage not only to pitch themselves but pitch the Hide, which is for Jai’s benefit, so she’s kind of killing two birds with one stone.’

Roxy was referring to the fact that drugs were found in the Take A Vow office, and Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) guessed that they belonged to recovering addict Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson). Of course, we now know that the white powder was in fact Leyla’s, but nevertheless, Jai’s life has imploded as a result.

‘They get this really lucrative client and gig and also she’s still making up for what she’s done to Jai,’ the star explained, before going on to describe the moment Leyla’s recent activities are revealed to viewers.

‘They quite cleverly weave together these two worlds of luxury but also hiking. It goes really well and as a way of celebrating Suzy lets Leyla have a line of coke and they sneak off round the back to celebrate. And that’s the first time you see what Leyla’s been up to.’

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