EMMBERDALE actress Louisa Clein has suggested paedophile Maya Stepney could return to abuse Jacob Gallagher again.
Speaking at the Inside Soap Awards, the 40-year-old revealed: “The storyline will almost certainly continue.”
Soap viewers were shocked in June when disgraced Maya, who Louisa played, was sentenced to just 12 months in prison for what she did to schoolboy Jacob.
She given a much more lenient sentence than expected after having her abuse charges knocked down to sexual contact with a minor.
The actress’s performance as the twisted teacher won her the award for Best Bad Girl at the Inside Soap Awards this week.
Speaking about the dark plot, she told the Mirror: “I think the storyline will almost certainly continue. There are repercussions that will no doubt go on for years for those characters.”
She added: “When we were doing the research with Barnardo’s, they said that often the abused don’t understand that they were abused until years later.
“So I hope that they follow through with that and continue with Jacob and the effects that it’s had on him for years.”
Many viewers were shocked that Maya got away with a sentence lasting less than a year – pointing to the character returning to the soap before long.
Before sentencing, Jacob’s adopted dad David Metcalfe confronted Maya and got her to admit what she’d done.
However, she insisted: “It wasn’t abuse, and I’m not going to prison.
“I’m going to be with Jacob just like I warned you so I don’t know why you’re so surprised. You’ve lost David, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Even at the time viewers were convinced Maya would return and get revenge on David for keeping her apart from victim Jacob.
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Nothing the short sentence, one wrote: “She will be out in months and be back with Jacob.”
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Published at Wed, 09 Oct 2019 08:47:00 +0000