Charley Webb has revealed that her three children are banned from watching Emmerdale after her character Debbie Dingle made a dramatic return to the Dales.
Viewers tuned into last night’s Christmas episode, saw Charley emerge as Al Chapman’s mystery woman.
While millions of soap fans were entertained by the surprise twist, Charley has revealed that she has never let her three kids watch her TV appearances.
Charley shares sons Buster, 10, Bowie, four, and Ace, 17 months with husband Matthew Wolfden, who also stars in the ITV soap.
Explaining the reason behind her decision, Charley, 32, told The Sun: ‘As the kids are young I don’t let them watch it.’
“Bowie’s still a bit to young to understand so we never have it on when they’re around,” she added.
Charley also revealed she had kept the news of her Emmerdale return a secret from everyone but her very closest family to avoid any spoilers.
Her character Debbie’s return to the village on Friday was made even more shocking for fans after Charley said she had ‘no plans’ to return to her day job after going on maternity leave last year.
“It’s been hard keeping filming a secret, I only told my close friends and family so there was less chance of it getting out,” Charley revealed, teasing she’s ‘known for a while’ that Debbie would be outed as Al’s mistress.
However, in the soap Debbie is unawares that she is the other woman in Al’s life as he is also in a relationship with Priya Sharma, played by Fiona Wade.
Charley’s exit from the show was explained by Debbie heading to Scotland before she returned for Paddy and Chas’ Christmas Day wedding.
Despite the drama, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders all failed to make a huge dent in the Christmas Day ratings- with the Queen’s speech becoming the most watched programme this year.
It has been revealed that 8.2million viewers tuned in to watch the Queen deliver her Christmas Day message where she told anyone struggling this festive season that they are ‘not alone.’
The 94-year-old acknowledged that what many people want “for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand” this year.
“Even on the darkest nights there is hope in the new dawn,” she said.
The monarch said she and other royals had been “inspired” by people volunteering in their communities.
“In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year, and I am so proud and moved by this quiet, indomitable spirit,” she declared.
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