No-one can drop a surprise relative to shake things up quite like a soap, and that’s exactly what Emmerdale did last week with the introduction of Meena (Paige Sandhu).
It was quickly learned that Meena is in fact Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker)’s sister.
Her appearance wasn’t any less shocking for her sister though – and the animosity was almost immediate.
It wasn’t just Manpreet she shocked either – Meena was quick to flirt with Billy (Jay Kontzle) — something which Dawn (Olivia Bromley) didn’t take too kindly to.
So why is Meena in the Dales, and why do she and Manpreet not get on?
Why is Meena in Emmerdale?
It would appear, on face value, that Meena has come to Emmerdale farm to make amends with her sister.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, actress Paige Sandhu said: ‘It’s essentially a reconciliation with Manpreet that brings her [to the village].
‘I always feel like with Meena that there is some selfish reason behind everything that she does. The reason that she says is that she wants to reconcile with her sister — “Will you forgive me for whatever I’ve done?”
‘With Meena, there’s always a selfish desire underneath what can seem like a shiny good veneer! There’s something else going on, which is a really interesting, complex thing about her.’
Rebecca Sarker – who plays Manpreet – has also teased what bad blood could linger between the pair.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘It’s obvious that Manpreet has been wronged by Meena in some egregious way and viewers will be left in no doubt, from the outset, that there’s some serious unresolved conflict between the two sisters…
‘It’s a huge surprise to everyone [that Manpreet has a sister], which in itself is telling, and another indication Manpreet really wants to put the past behind her. Rishi, in particular, has no idea that his wife has a sister, but dear old Rishi thinks this is wonderful news…’
Show bosses have kept quiet on just why these two sisters have some sibling rivalry, so viewers will have to stay tuned to find out what’s driving the wedge between them, and just what Meena might really be up to…
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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