Sophie Powles enjoyed heroin storyline

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 April 2012
Sophie Powles

Sophie Powles

Sophie Powles feels she has become a "better person" after portraying heroin addict Holly Barton in 'Emmerdale' because she is now "more understanding" towards drug addicts

Sophie Powles has become a "better person" after portraying a heroin addict in 'Emmerdale'.

The 23-year-old actress - who plays wayward teenager Holly Barton in the ITV1 soap - has become "more understanding" of drug addicts as a result of the plotline and she is grateful to producers for giving her such a serious role.

She said: "The heroin storyline has been amazing for me. I feel like it has made me a better person because I'm more understanding of people.

"Drug addicts aren't bad people - they're just people who have made bad decisions and they need all the help they can get. As an actress, it was great to be given a storyline so intense that I could research."

Sophie will film her final 'Emmerdale' scenes in June before quitting the soap after playing Holly for three years, and she is surprised to have been in the programme for so long.

The brunette beauty added to new! magazine: "When I first started I never thought I'd be there for that long. I don't like the thought of doing anything for that long, never mind a job.

"But I fell in love with it and had the time of my life. It didn't feel right to leave until now.

"I've made some really amazing friends, so obviously they were all sad. But they know what I'm like. I'm a free spirit. They know I'm ready to go."

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