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'Emmerdale': Sammy Winward on Katie Macey's big decision

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Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward

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Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward



Emmerdale's Katie Macey makes a swift exit from the village next week after her estranged husband Declan threatens her.

Katie faces the wrath of Declan (Jason Merrells) yet again after the police receive an anonymous phone call reporting the body on the glamping site, jeopardising the future of the festival.

Here, Sammy Winward - who plays Katie - teases the latest twists and turns for the Maceys' broken marriage.

How has Katie been coping with the secret of the body at the glamping site?
"Katie has not been coping well knowing there is a body under the glamping site. She thinks Megan and Declan are really dishonest and greedy to be covering it up and thinking only of their money and the festival.

"Katie is desperate that they come clean to the police so they can identify the body. I don't think she has quite realised the full extent of Declan's cover-up. He's paid rather a lot of money to keep this quiet!"

What effect has Gennie's death had on Katie?
"Katie feels desperately sad about Gennie's death. They had a good friendship even though at times it had been difficult. Gennie's death makes Katie even more insistent they must find out who this body is!"

A chat with Brenda also affects Katie's decision, doesn't it?
"Yes, Brenda and Katie have a real heart-to-heart at the glamping site. Brenda is worried about Nikhil's grief and Molly. Katie is given food for thought and it makes her decide enough is enough! She begins looking for missing persons on the internet with the hope she might find out who it could be."

Declan realises Katie was behind the police call.

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Declan and Katie



Is Katie worried that Declan will try to frame her for it, as he'd threatened?
"Yes, I think she is worried Declan will frame her, especially when he spells it out. He is clearly going to take Katie down with him if he gets in trouble."

What happens when Katie seeks advice from Chas?
"Chas suggests that perhaps if Katie really, really has to report it, why doesn't she do it anonymously? This then becomes the tactic Katie decides on.

"Just as Katie and Chas are talking, Declan walks in confidently with a grand scheme to name the festival's main stage after Gennie. I think Katie feels loathing and can see his motives. But Chas silences her as she reckons Katie should play things nice and sweet if she's about to report him to the police."

Is Katie the one who makes the anonymous call?
"You will have to see, but that is what she's planning…"

What happens when the police visit the glamping site?
"Declan plays it all down at first to the police and is quite larky. He is obviously secretly panicked but won't want to show them this! Katie is not there at the time, but she soon realises the truth is out when Declan comes to confront her over it.

"Declan is furious with Katie - the penny has dropped. He knows she is behind the call reporting him to the police, and he means war. Katie is nervous and pretty frightened, because he tells her that he will drag her down with him."

Katie demands answers from Chas

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Katie confides in Chas over her problem



Why does Katie decide to leave Emmerdale?
"She decides to go because she knows Declan means everything he says. He will try to drag her into this and she wants to get away before he can. You will have to wait and see what she has planned, but she does pack up her stuff and go pretty swiftly."

What do you make of her decision? Do you think Katie is doing the right thing?
"Katie was right to not be part of the cover-up, but it's sad that her marriage wasn't strong enough for Declan to have been totally honest with her. He's proved just what a hard businessman he is. Whether she should have left is another matter, but I think she is genuinely frightened, as she knows how ruthless Declan can be."

Are you sad that Katie and Declan's marriage has fallen apart so completely?
"It was a rocky road, wasn't it? With falling down the mineshaft and all the ups and downs, it's not been the easiest of marriages. But this is soapland, where marriages are often a little up and down!"

Will you miss having Jason as your screen husband?
"Yes, we have had a great time shooting all the scenes including the live episode last October and the mineshaft scenes. It has been fun."

Are you glad we have seen such a tough side of Katie?
"Yes Katie is kind, sweet and I suppose quite a happy person generally, but this has shown she is tougher than she looks. She doesn't back down if she thinks something is right and she feels Declan has wronged her and betrayed her one time too many!"

Will Katie be back any time soon?
"You will have to wait and see. There is no mention of her returning yet, and when Chas asks how long she is going for, she just smiles…"

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Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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