Emmerdale's Declan Macey attempts suicide
Emmerdale's Declan Macey will attempt to commit suicide by burning down Home Farm with himself and Charity Sharma inside the soap's iconic building
Emmerdale's Declan Macey will attempt to commit suicide by burning down Home Farm with himself inside.
The broke businessman - who is played by Jason Merrells - is to set fire to the ITV soap's mansion and lock himself inside after losing all of his money, but Charity Sharma, who is also in the abode, tries to talk him out of it.
Emma Atkins - who plays the blonde beauty - said: "She goes to try and help put the fire out and makes it worse, so I think panic then starts to set in. Because Declan is so reluctant to go and leave, she realises that he's possibly going to commit suicide and she's certainly not wanting to join him, so she tries to talk him out of it.
"He leads her to believe that they're going to leave the house together, but just as they get to the door, he bolts her out of the house. She's out, he's stuck in and she's got no way of getting back in.
"Charity decides that she's going to help Declan, so she takes her coat off and runs to the field. It's all very wet so she wets the coat in order to break the window and somehow run in.
"It doesn't get that far, though, because Declan hurls himself out of the house. I think he realises, 'I can't go through with this'."
Emma admits filming the dramatic scenes, which will air over the festive period, was one of the biggest challenges she has ever faced in her career and she can't wait to play out another explosive storyline with Jason.
She added to Digital Spy: "While filming these scenes, we had to literally stand there for hours in torrential rain. I've never worked in conditions so hard actually - it was one of the most challenging days that I've had on the show and I love it for that reason.
"It's going to get even more challenging for me now because I'm getting involved with this fabulous storyline where Declan and Charity join forces."