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Emmerdale: Fiona Wade reveals Priya's arranged marriage plan

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Fiona Wade as Priya Sharma on Emmerdale

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Fiona Wade as Priya Sharma


New mum Priya Sharma shocks her father Rishi on Emmerdale next week as she decides that she wants an arranged marriage.

Priya comes up with the idea after realising that it's finally time to move on from her ex-fiancée David Metcalfe by finding a new man who will look after her and baby Amba.

Here, Fiona Wade - who plays Priya - reveals how her character comes up with the unexpected plan.

What is the atmosphere like when Priya finally brings baby Amba home next week?
"Priya's family are incredibly excited. They arrive home and David is there waiting for them. A couple of days before this, Val has spoken to Priya and reminded her that David isn't going to be with her anymore - putting her in her place a little bit. Because of that, Priya is feeling slightly deflated."

How are things going with Amba?
"Priya bonded with Amba straight away. She had a lot of worry while she was pregnant and she was scared that she had to do it all on her own, but actually she has bonded with the baby. Priya does find it difficult and a bit isolating at first, as she doesn't have a partner there to support her - but things are definitely going well."

Does the situation bring Priya and David closer?
"It definitely bonds them because they have this beautiful baby together, but it's also sad as it highlights what could have been for the three of them. They're definitely close, and at the end of the day, they both want the baby to be the priority."

David and Priya are allowed to see their daughter

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David and Priya with baby Amba


Is David being as supportive as Priya hoped he'd be?
"Yes, David is very excited as it's probably his only chance of having a baby. David is happy that he and Priya are in a place where he can see the baby whenever he wants, so it's all quite amicable at the moment."

Is Priya aware that Alicia feels left out?
"No, I don't think Priya is aware of that at all. She has so much going on in her own head because of the eating disorder and everything she's been through recently. All Priya is thinking is that it's lovely to have David's support and for them all to be together. Priya isn't purposely trying to leave Alicia out - she just isn't aware of how Alicia is feeling."

Next week, Priya makes sure David misses Jacob's sports day by putting his phone on silent when he falls asleep with the baby. Why does she do that?
"It's just a moment. Up until then, Priya isn't very aware of how much she loves David being around. She's very vulnerable, she's on her own with this baby and she still has feelings for David. He's been so good with the child and it's everything she wished for.

"When Priya does switch David's phone onto silent, it's a moment where she's thinking that they have a lovely family dynamic and she wishes she had it for a bit longer. It's not malicious as such - it's just a bad decision that she makes in that moment."

What are Priya's feelings for David now?
"I think she'll always love him. Priya probably isn't aware that she still loves him, but when it's brought to her attention a bit more by people like Val giving her home truths, she very much clicks out of her fantasising mode.

"Priya realises that she's not in love with David anymore - it's just that she liked what he was portraying in that family situation. Priya will always have feelings for David but she doesn't want to get back with him, because she's grown stronger from what happened between them."

Alicia confronts Priya about her feelings for David,

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Alicia confronts Priya


What happens when Alicia finally confronts Priya over her recent behaviour?
"They have a bit of a face-off together and some harsh words are exchanged. Alicia is fighting for her guy and Priya is genuinely horrified that Alicia thinks she's trying to steal him from her. But Priya is a strong girl and she's also going to fight back, so they clash a little bit because of that.

"Alicia just says it how it is and says, 'If you don't back off, we'll move away'. That really shakes Priya up."

Where does Priya's idea of an arranged marriage come from?
"Priya basically decides that she really needs to get over David now. She doesn't want to rely on him for everything. It's very typical Priya - she's very headstrong and she makes an impulsive decision on what she needs to do.

"Priya decides that she needs to get over David by finding someone of her own. As she doesn't have time to go on loads of different dates, Priya decides that she wants an arranged marriage and her father Rishi will be great at setting her up with someone. She sees it as the quickest and best way to find a family guy who's going to look after her and Amba."

Rishi isn't keen and suggests that Priya should just find a nanny instead! How does she react to that?
"Priya thinks that's absolutely absurd and she's angry at Rishi. She always feels that her family don't really listen to her and they don't understand what it is that she wants. It just makes her very angry and she says that she doesn't want a nanny!"

Priya tells Rishi what Alicia has said

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Priya will confide in Rishi


Why does Priya feel that a husband will be a good solution?
"I think Priya is a traditional girl at heart. She has her wilder ways, but she's from a traditional family and she wants that for herself. Priya thinks the only way she's going to get that is if she has an arranged marriage with someone who wants the same things."

Has Priya given up on love?
"Priya is a romantic deep down, but I think there's part of her that thinks love will come second now - she just needs this guy to absolutely adore her and Amba! But deep down, Priya will need love and she won't be able to cope without love. It is really important to her, but she's in a situation where she wants it to happen very quickly."

Is Priya making a mistake?
"It is a soap so you never know what's going to happen! I would love to see Priya happy, but I think there's always going to be a drama around her and nothing is going to be smooth sailing. Anything can happen, so it's all very exciting - you'll have to wait and see what happens!"

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