Olivia Bromley, who portrays Dawn Taylor in the ITV classic Emmerdale, has spoken candidly about the 50th anniversary special and promised it will be “massive and dramatic.”
The actress revealed during a conversation with chef James Martin on James Martin’s Saturday Morning that the popular ITV soap is celebrating its half-century on screen with a “huge stunt.” With everything appearing to be possible in the village, Emmerdale can anticipate plenty of explosive twists and turns throughout the month of October. As she discussed the preparations for the major event, Olivia teased what was to come.
The actress made an appearance as a guest on James Martin’s show, where she sampled some of his cuisine and talked about her career.
The chef asked, “So tell me, I mean, 50 years celebrating Emmerdale.”
“That is a significant achievement for any program. Since 2001, we have broadcast Saturday Morning.
“You also mentioned that when you first began, you were only supposed to be doing this for 12 weeks; I was only supposed to be doing this for six. I’m done now.
We’ve just kept talking and talking and talking.
He continued, whipping up a tasty dish: “But doing stuff like that. The entire cast must support it, but 50 years!
“This one’s plot must be amazing,” I thought. Olivia said there would be plenty more to come, but she couldn’t say how much.
Yes, she said, referring to what is essentially a big stunt week every October and is known as super soak week.
“I believe they are present in all soap operas, and there is a competition to see who can be the most dramatic among other things.
However, this year is obviously the 50th, so it’s huge, soapy, dramatic, and we’re pulling some crazy stunts. It’s been a lot of fun.
But, really, you know, this is your first acting job, and that’s the thing.
How did you discover that? As a result of our conversations at various festivals, I asked Adam Woodyatt, “You know, do you get frightened to get typecast?”
But isn’t there really a thin line between working a regular job and appearing in a popular show?
Yes, Olivia affirmed. “It moves so quickly, in my opinion, that’s why.
“And I do mean that often we’re doing like nine or ten scenes a day and have very big storylines, you know, we could be doing wild, crazy things like a murder in one day and you could have an affair the next day or whatever.
“We are therefore put to a lot of test. However, just in terms of cameras and other technical aspects of working in television, it has been really beneficial for me. Thus, it is a very, very good and quick experience.”
James also discussed the actress’ upbringing, which was very different from the Emmerdale community.
The chef remarked, “Emmerdale is a far cry from where you were raised abroad as a young child.
Japan, indeed, she said. “They stayed there for ten years, whereas I was there until I was three.
“Dad thus had a job in tennis. He was a tennis instructor, and my mother was employed by a local university.
So yeah, I guess I used to talk a lot in Japanese. It was actually my first language, which is strange.
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