“Harriet is trying to keep Dawn safe,” says Emmerdale’s Katherine Dow Blyton

“Harriet is trying to keep Dawn safe,” says Emmerdale’s Katherine Dow Blyton

Harriet is set to descend into the underworld in Emmerdale as she unravels over the murder of Malone – by banishing herself to the cellar!

I didn’t even know that we had a cellar!” laughs Katherine Dow Blyton, who plays Harriet, as she joins us to discuss her alter-ego’s self-imposed imprisonment. “It’s on location in the village, and I’ve been filming in there for the past few weeks – it was minus-five degrees! It was very dark and dingy, and they told me that the cobwebs were fake, but I wasn’t completely convinced about that. Let’s just say, I could feel Harriet’s pain!”

The vicar begs her ex-fiancé and co-conspirator, Will, to lock her up, so that she can stay silent to protect her family, while repenting for her sins and making her peace with God. But is this really the best idea? Katherine is not so sure…

What a burden it’s been for her to carry around all this time – murder, burying a man, then digging him back up again!” sighs Katherine. “It’s absolutely horrific, really. And I think, in a way, Harriet is trying to absorb all of that to try to keep Dawn safe, because Dawn has an awful lot to lose if this all comes out…”

Asking your ex to lock you up in a dark cellar is a pretty unusual request – is Will actually prepared to go through with it?

Will just thinks that Harriet has lost her marbles,” says Katherine. “However, it’s what she needs, so he reluctantly agrees to do it. To him, it’s completely insane and he doesn’t understand it. But, I mean, Will has to support her whether he wants to or not, because they’re all in this together, aren’t they?”

If one goes down, they’re all going down!”

Despite the dingy working environment, Katherine has been enjoying the challenge of playing this side of Harriet.

It’s always good as an actor to be able to play different levels of a person. When I spoke to Jane [Hudson, Emmerdale’s executive producer], we agreed that, for Harriet, it wouldn’t be a rocking back and forth kind of madness: she wouldn’t be climbing the walls. Instead, she needs time to ground herself. Personally, if I were Harriet, I’d have gone off on a nice sunny retreat! But she wanted to stay close to home.”

Interview with Katherine Dow Blyton, who plays Harriet in Emmerdale

  • There’s lots more from Katherine in the full version of her Big Interview – read it in this week’s Inside Soap to find out what she has to say about Harriet’s chances of ever getting over what’s happened and returning to the church…

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Published at Tue, 09 Mar 2021 07:03:28 +0000