Anna Windass is to be blackmailed into having sex with predatory Pat Phelan during scenes to be shown next week.
Phelan – played by Connor McIntyre – will bribe the beleaguered Windass matriarch into sleeping with him in exchange for destroying the CCTV evidence that would put Anna’s son Gary behind bars.
Says actress Debbie Rush, who plays Anna: “She knows that her family can’t go on as they are and that she needs to do something. The last thing she wants to do is see Phelan but she makes herself go round to his house and begs him to leave her family alone.
“Phelan tells her he’ll leave them alone if she sleeps with him. She’s disgusted that he could even ask her such a thing. It makes her skin crawl.”
But in scenes to be shown on Friday 11 April, Anna will be seen taking the afternoon off from her job at Roy’s Rolls in order to meet Phelan at a hotel room that he’s booked. But will Anna really sacrifice her body to save her family?
“This is an absolute nightmare for Anna,” continues Rush. “She can’t see anyway out and the only option she feels she has in order to save her family is to sleep with a man she hates. The choice she makes will have devastating consequences and could rip her family apart.”
And what of Anna’s relationship with Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies) – could they get through this were he to discover the truth? “To sleep with another man regardless of the reasons is a huge betrayal and I don’t know if Owen would ever forgive Anna. She’s trying to save her family but this has the potential to destroy them.”