Emmerdale spoilers: HUGE tension on soap as Meena's trial begins; plus EastEnders & Coronation Street news

EMMERDALE Meena Jutla's trial is bound to cause some serious tension among the villagers on the soap.

Viewers of the soap will see tensions rise in the village as Meena arrives in the courtroom ready for her trial, basking in her new-found fame.

As Liam psyches himself up to testify, the evil murderer will begin her performance as a meek little victim – leaving Liam completely thrown off course.

It is also still unclear whether Meena's sister Manpreet Sharma will take to the stand to testify against her – meaning it'll be another thing standing in the way of seeing Meena getting sent down.

Only time will tell whether the Emmerdale character will truly get what's coming for her…

Emmerdale airs weeknights from 7.30pm on ITV.

Read our soaps spoilers blog for the latest news and gossip…

  • Milica Cosic

    Emmerdale spoilers: Belle in for a shock affair 

    TWO months have passed since Ellis Chapman's exit from the Dales and Belle Dingle is dreaming big.

    But before she can move on from Emmerdale, could she embark in a shock affair with Ellis' father Al?

    After seeing her boyfriend Ellis Chapman leave for Australia, jumping on a professional opportunity, it's no wonder she'd like to see what the rest of the world has to offer.

    And after attempting to betray her and steal her ideas, Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) apologises to Belle, which prompts her to agree to a partnership with the businessman.

    But as she embarks in this new venture, an ambitious Belle sets some ground rules – and Al is impressed by her savviness.

    Later on, Belle hears that Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade) is upset with her.

    Could this be linked to her partnership with Al?

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  • Joseph Gamp

    EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis to receive MBE

    Strictly Come Dancing winner & EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis is being lined up to receive an MBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

    The EastEnders actress, who plays Frankie Lewis in the BBC soap, won Strictly with pro partner Giovanni Pernice last year as the first deaf person to contest it.

    She is now in the frame for a gong for services to the deaf community, thanks to her ballroom triumph on the BBC’s Strictly. Her performances – including one with a silent section – sent enrolments for signlanguage courses soaring.

    Sources reveal Rose has now been singled out for an honour. One said: “Her success on Strictly shone a light on the deaf community in a way that surpassed everyone’s expectations.

    “Not only did she raise awareness about the challenges deaf people face, she was a true inspiration for them – particularly young people.

    “She really did break down boundaries.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Hollyoaks' Lysette Anthony reveals how she hid health battle from soap bosses

    HOLLYOAKS star Lysette Anthony has opened up about how she kept her Parkinson’s a secret from show bosses.

    The 58-year-old, who was killed off the soap last year, was diagnosed at the same time she landed the role in 2016.

    She asked her son Jimmy – now aged 17 – not to tell anyone because she feared she would lose her job playing Marnie Nightingale.

    Becoming very emotional as she spoke on Loose Women, Lysette said: “I remember when we moved up for Hollyoaks, the hardest thing – and I feel so bad about it – was saying to him, let’s find someone you definitely can talk to, but you cannot confide in anyone because I’ll lose my job.

    “Being a single parent and being an actor, it’s nigh-on impossible. How are you meant to work?

    “When I was giving birth to Jimmy, they wrote it into the story and then were like, can you hurry up? That’s the trade-off.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Hollyoaks kills off major character as huge star quits

    HOLLYOAKS has revealed that Luke Morgan will die this summer – after Gary Lucy quit the soap.

    The actor originally joined the Channel 4 soap 23 years ago and now he is set to depart the role of Luke.

    And now in a flash-forward episode the soap has revealed that Luke will die in July.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EastEnders spoilers: Linda Carter spirals out of control as her drinking takes over

    LINDA Carter's alcohol addiction takes over again following her return to Albert Square.

    Next week in EastEnders, the former Vic landlady clearly struggles and worries many other residents.

    As the Carter clan prepared to say goodbye to Tina, weeks after her body was found under the floorboards of the Argee Bhajee, Linda (played by returning actress Kellie Bright) got wind of her sister-in-law's murder and came back to Walford.

    But things were immediately tense with her estranged husband Mick (Danny Dyer) as the latter found comfort in the form of Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks).

    Worse still, Janine actually convinced Linda to let her marriage go and file for divorce – which she eventually did.

    However, in upcoming scenes of the BBC One soap, Linda finds it hard to move on and, after many outbursts including a fight with Janine, turns to alcohol.

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders cast hunky Emmerdale and The Witcher star Aidan O’Callaghan

    Eastenders has cast hunky The Witcher and Emmerdale actor Aidan O’Callaghan in an upcoming plot involving Walford regular Ben Mitchell.

    Aidan will play the role of Lewis, who first arrives in Albert Square later this month after landing the manager’s job at The Prince Albert.

    The character soon befriends Ben and they enjoy a night out on the town before Lewis is later harassed by a homophobic gang.

    The incident results in Ben beating one of the thugs unconscious.

    It is not yet known how long Aidan's character will be hanging around Walford but it is believed EastEnders bosses want to feature The Prince Albert more in future episodes.

    The Irish actor is no stranger to soap life, meanwhile, having appeared in Emmerdale as a character called Mike in 2018.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Corrie spoilers: Amy Barlow discovers Summer Spellman’s eating disorder

    SUMMER Spellman has been secretly struggling with an eating disorder in recent weeks.

    But in upcoming scenes of Coronation Street, her secret comes to light as Amy Barlow catches her red-handed.

    The jig is up for Summer, played by actress Harriet Bibby.

    Following her diabetes diagnosis, the Weatherfield teen has struggled to come to terms with her condition and has resorted to purging as she obsessively tries to control her weight.

    This has led to her overworking and even refusing to feed herself.

    Her loved ones are growing increasingly concerned as her struggle becomes more apparent.

    Next week, her guardian Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) is worried when he realises Summer has been up all night revising and warns her she'll burn herself out, which could send her blood sugars all over the place.

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kelly Neelan will turn to drugs

    CORRIE'S troubled Kelly Neelan will turn to drugs after her mother tragically dies following a battle with terminal canecer.

    Laura, played by Kel Allen on the ITV soap, found out that Gary Windass (Mikey North) had killed Rick Neelan following his confession.

    But, knowing that she would die after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, num Laura lied to the police and said that she had murdered her husband.

    Following her mother's death, Kelly tries to come to terms with what has happened.

    Numb with misery, Kelly takes out her mum's bottle of morphine from her pocket and unscrews the top, just as Abi arrives…

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders’ Kate Jarvis is now a B&M worker

    Best known for playing Kat Slater’s cousin Hayley in EastEnders, Katie Jarvis turned her hand to a new job when she took a break from acting.

    She did a stint on the door at her local B&M in Romford, East London, revealing at the time:  “I’ve taken a step back from acting. I’ve got a job and I’m looking after my kids.”

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders' Hetti Bywater now works as a bar worker

    Stunning Hetti took over the role of Lucy Beale in 2012, and was central to a huge Whodunnit? storyline two years later.

    The nation was rocked when it was revealed that the character's little brother Bobby had murdered her – with Hetti previously admitting that she "hated" Lucy.

    The 27-year-old has had other acting roles since leaving Walford, but has also been spotted pulling pints in a London pub while between jobs.

  • Louis Allwood

    June Brown refused to retire from acting

    June Brown was adamant she wasn’t retiring from acting right up until her death.

    June was perhaps EastEnders’ best-known star and larger-than-life Dot was known for her devout Christian faith and hypochondria, as well as her endless cigarette addiction.

    The veteran actress, who had a long career in television and theatre, arrived on Albert Square shortly after the soap began in 1985, and aside from a break between 1993 and 1997, was a regular for more than three decades.

  • Louis Allwood

    Emmerdale star Laura Norton’s horror as her hair ‘falls out in clumps’ 

    EMMERDALE star Laura Norton has told of the terrifying moment her hair fell out "in clumps".

    The Kerry Wyatt actress, 38, bravely opened up about her hair loss battle – which started when she was just 16 and dealt her a devastating blow when she joined the soap.

    Laura explained in an open letter published in New magazine that she started taking synthetic hormones to tackle her "horrendous" periods.

    She said: "What they never told me was certain pills are testosterone-heavy and attack hair follicles, making hair get thinner and weaker, then fall out."

    The actress revealed that it was when she joined the ITV soap that things got really bad.

    Laura wrote: "I got my dream job playing Kerry Wyatt on Emmerdale and – boom – my hair was falling out in clumps."

    She added: "Thanks universe, great timing! It wasn't great for the old self-esteem."

    However, Laura said matters improved massively when she contacted her local trichologist – a hair doctor – in Newcastle, where she lived at the time.

    She said she was given drops for her hormones and supplies of ferritin, which helps your body to store iron.

    The star was also given a 'hair-friendly' version of the pill to replace the ones she had previously been taking and her hair started to recover.

  • Louis Allwood

    Juen Brown's first encounter with Lady Gaga remembered

    EastEnders star June Brown has been remembered for her "iconic" first meeting with singer Lady Gaga following the news of her death.

    The veteran actress, who played fan favourite Dot Cotton in the BBC soap, died at her home on Sunday aged 95.

    Brown's 35-year run in Albert Square began in 1985 before she left the show in 2020.

    Amid the reminiscences about her on-screen talent, the moment she met Gaga on The Graham Norton Show in 2013 has been remembered.

    After making a grand entrance on to the chat show wearing a fur-trimmed coat with an e-cigarette perched between her fingers, Brown soon hit it off with the American singer-songwriter.

    Lady Gaga said: "I actually am a very big fan of yours. You are so fabulously dressed and I am so honoured to be seated next to you."

    After discovering the actress was reaching the age of 87, Gaga took a sip of Brown's wine, adding: "I just want to take a sip from your cup, I want to know what those genes are."

  • Louis Allwood

    June Brown was 'young at heart', says Lacey Turner

    EastEnders actress Lacey Turner said she could chat to June Brown "like she was a friend of the same age" – despite their age difference.

    Brown, who played chain-smoking Dot Cotton on the BBC soap for more than 30 years, died at her home on Sunday aged 95.

    Turner, 34, who was a teenager when she joined the programme, said she feels "blessed and lucky" to have "so many special memories of June".

    Appearing on BBC Breakfast, the actress, who joined EastEnders as Stacey Slater in 2004, said: "It's just so surreal. You turn up on your first day at work and you're blessed with the presence of the likes of June Brown, Barbara Windsor and Wendy Richard… all these incredible icons. It's just mind-blowing.

    "To watch them work over the years, it truly is an honour because they work with the old-school glamour that isn't around anymore.

    "Just to be around (Brown)… I was 16 or 17 and June would have been late 70s, and you could have a conversation like she was a friend of the same age. It was amazing."

  • Louis Allwood

    Corrie's Emma Brooker on her audition ‘fail’

    CORONATION Street actress Alexandra Mardell had a premonition she’d be on the soap – but was mortified when she failed her first audition

    The soap star – who plays Emma Brooker – has quit the cobbles after four years and will see her character leave this week.

    She said: “I grew up watching Corrie so it was always in my head ‘I’ve got to be on Corrie, I’ve got to be on Corrie’. It was a dream of mine.”

    But Alexandra admitted her dream was almost dashed before it began when she didn’t get a part she auditioned for.

    “I did audition [for Corrie] before which I didn’t get and I was mortified,” she told This Morning.

    “But I’m really glad now because I got to be Emma.

    “It’s funny because when I was younger I told my mum one day I’m going to be on Corrie and I’m going to be David Platt’s girlfriend.”

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders star looks unrecognisable 

    EASTENDERS’ die-hard fans will well remember the beloved character Pete Beale who ran Albert Square’s fruit and veg stall.

    But the actor who played the patriarch of the Beale family left the soap in 1993, and now lives a VERY different lifestyle.

    Former soap star Peter Dean, now 83, was on the BBC soap right from the beginning back in 1985, before he decided to leave for good eight years later.

    To fans, the TV star is best remembered as EastEnders’ cockney market stall trader, and dad to Ian Beale, who was known for his catchphrase: “Alright treacle!”.

    But after leaving life on the square, Peter, who grew up in Hoxton in East London, ditched acting for good.

    In fact he is a now a practising Buddhist who, after quitting EastEnders, worked as a security guard, and also in a furniture yard.

  • Louis Allwood

    Hollyoaks kills off major character as huge star quits

    HOLLYOAKS has revealed that Luke Morgan will die this summer – after Gary Lucy quit the soap.

    The actor originally joined the Channel 4 soap 23 years ago and now he is set to depart the role of Luke.

    And now in a flash-forward episode the soap has revealed that Luke will die in July.

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders’ Janine and Linda scrap in the Queen Vic

    LINDA Carter settles back into Albert Square tonight just in time to attend Tina’s funeral.

    But when she finds her estranged husband Mick in Janine Butcher’s company, she fails to keep her cool in tomorrow’s EastEnders.

    In December, 2021, Linda Carter (played by Kellie Bright) received a visit from Walford villain Janine (Charlie Brooks) to whom she spoke of her rocky marriage with Mick (Danny Dyer).

    Unable to recognise Janine – much to the disbelief of many viewers – Linda decided to follow her advice and ask for a divorce.

    Little did she know she had ulterior motives and was only determined to get her hands on the Vic landlord.

    And since Tina was found dead under the floorboards in the Argee Bhajee, it seems like Janine has succeeded.

  • Louis Allwood

    Emmerdale fans convinced they have spotted Noah Dingle’s next victim

    In tonight’s episode, he tried to insult her again to impress Nate Robinson – but it backfired.

    As Noah ordered two points and two tequilas for him and Nate, Nate asked him if he was OK with Chloe being there.

    “Why would I care what she thinks?” Noah snapped back.

    “She’s just a using cow who thinks she’s better than everyone else.”

    But Chloe wasn’t going to stand for that and told him: “Careful drinking so much.

    “You know how it affects you.”

    Nate burst into laughter but Noah stormed out insisting: “Forget the drink, I don’t want to be anywhere near her.”

    He left Nate and Chloe looking very cosy and keeping each other company as they drank more and more.

    Farmer Nate even defended Chloe and put Noah in his place.

    And it impressed Chloe who made her own move on Nate.

    “I don’t know about you but I’m starving,” she said. 

    “We could get a takeaway and go back to yours.”

    Fans think Nate will be Noah’s next target after the twisted teenager discovers what’s happened.

  • Louis Allwood

    Rhona Goskirk exhausted as she struggles to cope with Marlon’s stroke

    LIFE since Marlon Dingle's stroke has not been the easiest for his fiancée Rhona Goskirk.

    Next week in Emmerdale, the village vet is fatigued as she still finds it hard to cope.

    Rhona (portrayed by actress Zoe Henry) has a lot on her plate as she tries to help Marlon (Mark Charnock) recover from his stroke.

    But while the latter remains in hospital, refusing visits from his own daughter April (Amelia Flanagan), Rhona progressively crumbles under the pressure.

    Coming up, Rhona's birthday is near and April is determined to make the day special by successfully pulling off a surprise birthday party in the Woolpack.

    Aware she had promised Marlon a visit, Rhona is torn until Chas suggests Cain to take her place to allow her to enjoy the party for April’s sake.

    Soon, Rhona is eager to see Marlon and April begs to come with her.

    Under pressure, Rhona lies to April but is more than determined to convince Marlon to let her visit.

    She eventually gets what she wants the following day and April visits her father in hospital.

  • Louis Allwood

    Sharon Watts makes horrifying Ben Mitchell discovery

    AS Linda Carter rekindles with Walford, Sharon Watts has welcomed her in her home.

    But she soon has other things to worry about after she makes a horrific discovery about Ben Mitchell in EastEnders.

    While drama unfolds, going as far as to tear families apart, Ben Mitchell (portrayed by Max Bowden) has taken a backseat from all storylines.

    In recent episodes, his father Phil was sent to prison and pushed him away from the family business.

    However, in upcoming scenes of the BBC One soap, Ben takes centre stage once again.

    During a wander in Albert Square, as her place has been crowded since Linda's return, Sharon bumps into Ben… but is horrified by what she sees.

    The character played by Letitia Dean finds her former stepson in the gym's alley with a man called Steve whom he has attacked.

    Moments before, Ben found the man, Steve, and recognised him from the night before.

    While Ben was out on the town with Lewis, Steve hurled homophobic abuse at the both of them alongside his friends – which was enough to make Ben angry.

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders cast hunky Emmerdale and The Witcher star Aidan O’Callaghan

    Eastenders has cast hunky The Witcher and Emmerdale actor Aidan O’Callaghan in an upcoming plot involving Walford regular Ben Mitchell.

    Aidan will play the role of Lewis, who first arrives in Albert Square later this month after landing the manager’s job at The Prince Albert.

    The character soon befriends Ben and they enjoy a night out on the town before Lewis is later harassed by a homophobic gang.

    The incident results in Ben beating one of the thugs unconscious.

    It is not yet known how long Aidan's character will be hanging around Walford but it is believed EastEnders bosses want to feature The Prince Albert more in future episodes.

    The Irish actor is no stranger to soap life, meanwhile, having appeared in Emmerdale as a character called Mike in 2018.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kelly Neelan will turn to drugs

    CORRIE'S troubled Kelly Neelan will turn to drugs after her mother tragically dies following a battle with terminal canecer.

    Laura, played by Kel Allen on the ITV soap, found out that Gary Windass (Mikey North) had killed Rick Neelan following his confession.

    But, knowing that she would die after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, num Laura lied to the police and said that she had murdered her husband.

    Following her mother's death, Kelly tries to come to terms with what has happened.

    Numb with misery, Kelly takes out her mum's bottle of morphine from her pocket and unscrews the top, just as Abi arrives…

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