Oh, Al Chapman, you love rat! Emmerdale viewers will be less than surprised to find out that Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade) is about to get her heart broken yet again this Christmas as the identity of Al’s secret woman is finally revealed – and Michael Wildman, who plays the cheating businessman, has warned it’s a shocker!
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, the actor said: ‘It’s going to be such a big thing – I can’t even hint towards who it can be. It’s worth the wait.
‘As things escalate, that’s where the game comes in for him and that’s where he thrives. He doesn’t set out to be like that but it continues because of this excitement for him. Playing a game is what he does. As it moves on and becomes more difficult, the more he secretly enjoys it.’
However, despite living a double life, Michael has no hesitation in confirming where Al’s heart truly lies – it’s a shame his actions don’t back it up!
Michael sighed: ‘He loves her, without a doubt, which is weird to say. Priya is the first woman that he truly does love – you see a side of him that only she brings out.
‘There are some moments you see he’s really conflicted – not because he intends to keep the other woman going, he knows it’s wrong. He’s wrong he can’t help himself.
‘What was nice was it was more than just she is beautiful. If we go back a while, she was forthcoming and he actually warned her off as he’s not the type of man she could get involved him. She stuck up for him, brought Ellis back and fought his corner – and he fell for her.
‘She was there for him. The barrier came down and she is everything that he needs – she is the one person who can make him a better person. I was concerned by this road the producer took me down as I had built the character and I asked if he was still Al Chapman.
‘Hopefully we will see they are very much in love – it’s involved around seduction and romance and one to one they’re honest with each other. She brought his humanity out of him.’
He added: ‘The whole thing is that it’s not the case he is bored with Priya. It’s a result of circumstance. Every time he has gone back to see this person he meant to end it and then he just had that one more good time.
‘And now he is in the problem. He tells her that she loves her mostly in response. I don’t think you can equate the two – the love for Priya is genuine. His fundamental weakness is in women.’
And it’s a weakness that looks set to cost him the woman of his dreams – so how far would Al go to stop Priya from finding out about his betrayal.
Michael warned: ‘He will do whatever is necessary. Al is selfish and a narcissist. When backed into a corner he will look after number one.’
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