Emmerdale spoilers: Natalie Anderson – Alicia will change forever thanks to “very dark” storyline

"What happens tests everything she knows about herself"

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The life of Alicia Metcalfe is set to be irrevocably altered by a shock storyline that is set to unfold during next week’s episodes. “What happens tests everything she knows about herself. It’s very dark,” says actress Natalie Anderson. “It’s been fantastic for me to get my teeth into – it’s one of the most challenging storylines I’ve had and it’s going to change Alicia forever.”

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Show bosses are not yet stating exactly happens to Alicia, but RadioTimes.com can reveal that the plot centres around Lachlan White’s (Thomas Atkinson) growing closeness to Alicia that viewers have seen develop over the last few weeks.

Upcoming scenes will find a drunk Alicia left alone with Lachlan after husband David (Matthew Wolfenden) is called away to look after a poorly Amba. Alicia has been enjoying some pre-birthday drinks and, because she’s in such an inebriated state, Lachlan offers to make her some coffee at home after shutting up the shop.

“She begins to feel awkward around him,” says Anderson. “He actually ends up bringing her red wine instead of coffee and she keeps commenting that maybe he should be leaving now. She’s aware that Lachlan has a crush on her and she’s not comfortable with that. But she knows that he’s a sensitive boy and when he starts saying how his mum doesn’t really care about him, Alicia’s maternal instincts kick in.”

The trouble is that Lachlan ends up causing massive problems for both Alicia and his own family. “He causes an awful lot of trouble, not just for Alicia, but for the Whites, for Jacob and her family. Things will unfold about Lachlan and his behaviour that will shock Alicia and his parents.”

And could what occurs end up testing Alicia’s marriage to David too? “Definitely. David and Alicia are a strong couple who have weathered many storms. But, at times, Lachlan will test the pair of them and their love for each other. In fact, what happens will test all of Alicia’s relationships. When I was told about this storyline, I was extremely shocked. I didn’t see it coming at all. But I completely understand why it’s right for this character and the wider family because it does affect the Whites as well as the Metcalfes.”

Watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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