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'Emmerdale' Gennie is perfect for Nikhil, says Rik Makarem

Nikhil Sharma from Emmerdale


Emmerdale star Rik Makarem has admitted that Gennie Walker would be "perfect" for his character Nikhil Sharma if he gave her a chance.

Gennie (Sian Reese-Williams) has had a crush on Nikhil for months, but the businessman is only just beginning to realise his own feelings for her - and may have left it too late.

Makarem told This Morning today: "I think what it is, for a long time he's been chasing the wrong thing. In his mind's eye, what he thinks is right for him totally isn't. And it's a bit like Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, where Orsino is in love with the idea of being in love - the ideal of it.

"Right underneath his nose, the perfect thing is there, but I think he's got a lot of emotional conflicts from his history and his childhood that he's not established within himself - he's not fought those off yet."

Discussing Nikhil's habit of insulting Gennie, he continued: "He has a lack of ability in saying the right thing at the right time. It's not that he's not trying - he's a very sensitive individual and he's wanting to say the right thing, and he's wanting to do the right thing."

Gennie is puzzled when Nikhil snaps at her


Gennie knocks Nicky back when he invites her for a drink


Emmerdale bosses are currently building up a love triangle storyline as local vet Nicky (Matt Milburn) has recently been taking an interest in Gennie, leaving Nikhil jealous.

Makarem added: "I think it's taken someone of [Nicky's] calibre, of all his charm and charisma - that's surprised Nikhil and shook him up. It needed to be someone like that to wake him up."

Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV1.

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