Emmerdale star Chris Bisson reveals that he almost left the ITV soap

"On the trajectory he was on, Jai was unsustainable on the show"

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Emmerdale star Chris Bisson has revealed that he almost quit the soap over fears that all plotline possibilities for his character Jai Sharma had been exhausted.

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“There were very frank conversations between me and the producer in which we said, ‘have we gone too far and is time to call it a day? Or do we redeem him?'” the actor said.

Jai’s underhand tactics and tendency to kidnap people and lock them in shipping containers left Bisson feeling that there were no further avenues to explore: “On the trajectory he was on, Jai was unsustainable on the show. But we came to the conclusion that he wasn’t actually a bad character.”

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Since those crisis talks, Jai has been somewhat rehabilitated, thanks to his attendance at Narcotics Anonymous sessions and his befriending of fellow ex-addict Nell.

Recent episodes have seen the vulnerable Nell confess that she has a baby who was taken away to be adopted, a state of affairs with which Jai can empathise, having himself lost custody of his son Archie.

Added Bisson: “Nell’s situation resonates with Jai because he’s out a kid – Archie is out there in Liverpool or wherever he may be. So this is something which Jai is quite passionate about.

“There are a lot of connections between Jai and Nell – things which pull them together and reasons for them to understand each other.”

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