Emmerdale’s Leyla has lied to everyone about Maya’s disappearance as ‘dark turn’ changes her life forever, says actress Roxy Shahadi

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EMMERDALE star Roxy Shahidi revealed that Leyla Harding has lied to everyone about Maya’s disappearance and the storyline will take a ‘dark turn’ which will change her life forever. 

Roxy’s character Leyla is currently hiding a dark secret which has led to the disappearance of paedophile Maya Stephney, after Leyla confronted her about her relationship with her son in the Big Night Out episode.

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Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahadi says that Leyla’s lie about about Maya’s disappearance takes a ‘dark turn’ and changes her life forever[/caption]

Roxy told Digital Spy “Once the girls got their head around what Priya told them – at the beginning they didn’t believe it was anything other than innocent – the girls went through a range of emotions and were totally conflicted about what to do. Should they call the police? Should they take matters into their own hands?

“Leyla wanted Priya to drive them to the airport to get to Jacob initially, but something unexpected happened on the way that changed the course of the evening and things took a very dark turn.

“I’m really excited for the audience to find out what really happened. Having seen the girls head back to the woods to discover a bloodied scarf – but no sign of Maya – they will have spent the last week wondering what it is the girls have done and what has happened to Maya.

“The enormity of it all weighs especially heavy on Leyla, who has not been completely honest with Priya and Tracy about what happened. Other villagers begin to suspect something is wrong as all three girls are behaving strangely.

The trio worked together to get Maya in Priyas car


“It will be a huge relief to be able to fill in the gaps and see where everyone goes from here and if David will finally find out what has been going on.”

In last week’s episode, Maya’s secret relationship with Leyla’s son Jacob Gallagher was revealed, after she was caught kissing him by Priya Sharma.

“He was here, there. He was kissing Maya. I said he was kissing her. He got out of the cab, she was there, they were obviously pleased to see each other and they kissed. Like two people who can’t get enough of each other,” Priya told her friends, finally exposing the abuse.

Leyla, Priya and Tracy decided to take matters into their own hands which has lead to the disappearance of the school teacher.

Maya was left in trouble after Leyla found out what she had been doing with her son

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Paedophile Maya groomed 16-year-old Jacob Gallagher[/caption]

A horrified Leyla then lured Maya back to them with a text offering her a lift home, with Maya not suspecting anything.

“The night’s not over yet,” Leyla said to her coldly.

Next week, viewers will finally get to see what happened that night with a special flashback episode.

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