Gemma Oaten: Expect an Emmerdale cat-fight

'Emmerdale' star Gemma Oaten says viewers can expect a cat-fight between her alter-ego Rachel Breckle and Charity Sharma, who seeks revenge after finally finding out her husband Jai is the father of Rachel's child

Gemma Oaten

Gemma Oaten

'Emmerdale' star Gemma Oaten says viewers can expect a cat-fight involving her alter-ego this week.

The actress - who plays troubled Rachel Breckle - says her character is set for a showdown with Charity Sharma (Emma Atkins), who seeks revenge after finding out her husband Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) is the father of Rachel's child, and fans will see some "bitch-slapping" when the gripping scenes air later this week.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: "Charity orchestrates it all - she gets Rachel, Sam and Jai to come to the factory and there is some bitch-slapping going on. I won't say who hits who - you'll have to wait and see."

The 29-year-old actress admits filming the explosive scenes were an emotional experience, and she is excited to see it play out.

Gemma explained: "It's been a long time coming hasn't it? So it had to be pretty mad when it all blew up. Rachel's a tough cookie and she has been backed into a corner by Jai and manipulated."

Meanwhile, Gemma says she is keen to explore new roles after announcing she will be departing the long-running ITV soap following her two-year stint on the show.

She said: "I can't wait to get out there and explore new roles, but I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for 'Emmerdale' - and for that reason it will always have a special place in my heart. Being part of this show has been huge for me."

The brunette beauty will bow out from the soap in a top-secret storyline but she has assured fans her character will not be killed off, meaning there is a possibility she could return in the future.

She explained: "I'm so grateful to have such a big exit with the door being left wide open. There's still so much to come for Rachel, so I'm focusing on giving the show my all."


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