Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) is set to get a huge shock in Emmerdale as she finally comes face to face with one of her attackers – and it’s Charles Anderson’s (Kevin Mathurin) daughter, Naomi (Karene Peters).
The aftermath of Nicola’s attack saw her paranoia increase tenfold, she was convinced that because her attackers took her driving licence, they’d work out where she lives and pay a visit to the village.
The group of girls have stayed well away from the Dales – except for Naomi.
Getting settled into her new job at the café, Naomi is working alongside Nicola, who soon recognises her voice and trainers from the day of the attack.
It’s a huge moment for both characters but as Karene Peter reveals, due to how horrific the ordeal was, Naomi has blocked it from her memory – she cannot remember Nicola:
‘The attack was something Naomi didn’t expect, and it happened so fast. In among suppressing that hideous memory she’s just forgotten Nicola’s face and put it all behind her and is trying to start again.
‘I think it’s a wrong place, wrong time situation’, she adds.
‘Naomi is much more than a nasty character. I think there’s a big moral dilemma surrounding her involvement in the attack and she is much more than a villain and a bully. There’s much more to her.
‘With her wanting to find a place of belonging, she kind of felt she had that with those girls and then that went pear-shaped in a way that she could never have imagined.’
Continuing her chat, Karene reflects on Naomi’s current relationships with Charles and Ethan, fully aware things could come to a swift end if her involvement in Nicola’s attack was ever proved:
‘I don’t think that would be a good thing at all. She’s already an outsider and being involved with an attack on a local doesn’t look good at all. Charles, Ethan and Nate would definitely see her slightly differently. The hope would be that once she explained the gravity of the situation and what actually happened, they would see where she’s coming from and what her place was in that situation – wrong place, wrong time kind of thing.
‘It would definitely change their view of her.’
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