Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt has defended his on-screen wife Lucy Pargeter from the online backlash she’s received due to their ongoing storyline in the soap.
Pargeter plays Chas Dingle, who cheated on her husband Paddy Kirk (Brunt) with his long-time nemesis Al Chapman. Last week, Paddy revealed that he knew all about the affair in a heart-wrenching, shocking storyline.
However, Pargeter has received online abuse from fans of the show who wrongly conflate her character’s vile actions with her real-life self. Now, Brunt has defended Pargeter against this abuse in an interview with the Daily Mirror.
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“You want to throw Twitter against a wall sometimes because the whole point of Emmerdale is it’s about the drama,” Brunt said.
“It’s especially aimed at Lucy this time. You see them posting things like, ‘I hate that character, sack her.’ Sorry, you’re wishing for someone to lose their job because you’re angry about their storyline? But you’re enjoying it!”
Brunt continued: “Lucy’s acting her socks off and nailing this story. You just think, ‘you’re horrible, you’re really stupid.’ It makes my blood boil, it really does.”
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However, Pargeter has said that she can handle the online hate and thinks of it as just part of her job.
“You have to stand up and go, excuse me, that’s about me, I’m not her and I don’t stand for everything she does, I’m just doing my job,” Pargeter said.
Paddy demanded a divorce from Chas following the reveal. However, in the same interview, Brunt let slip that Pargeter’s Chas won’t be unpopular among everyone. She’s getting an ally in the form of Chas and Cain’s secret brother Caleb (Will Ash).
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“Caleb turns up and he becomes an ally for Chas – Paddy’s not expecting that,” Brunt said.
“He’s got all this ammo against Chas and suddenly he’s got this new chap saying, ‘Well you’re not very nice, are you? She’s a woman on her own,’ and you’re like, ‘Ooh!'”
Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.
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