Rik Makarem happy with family

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 July 2010
Rik Makarem's on-screen brother Chris Bisson

Rik Makarem's on-screen brother Chris Bisson

Rik Makarem claims his 'Emmerdale' family have been ''a slow-burn'', which he thinks is ''fantastic''

Rik Makarem admits his 'Emmerdale' family have been "slow burning".

The actor - who plays Nikhil Sharma in the Yorkshire-based soap - admits the storylines have really picked up pace but he is pleased as it has allowed him time to get to know his on-screen brother Jai (Chris Bisson).

He revealed: "We've been a slow-burn family, which has been fantastic. It's allowed us to settle, find our feet and cement our brotherly relationship. Now, we're starting to get the bigger storylines which let Nikhil and Jai be people, independent of their heritage. That's what I'm most in love with about the show."

The 28-year-old hunk also believes the soap is a good representation of modern Britain.

He told website Digital Spy: "That's what I'm most in love with about the show. We've seen other soaps follow the heritage of a family and make the storylines revolve around that. 'Emmerdale' have brought in a couple of dual-heritage brothers and have focused on them as people - and I think it's truly representative of modern-day Britain."

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