Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden has revealed that Maya Stepney’s arrest is just the beginning of a longer journey ahead for Jacob Gallagher.

Maya (Louisa Clein) finally gets her comeuppance next week when the police bring her in to face the music over her disturbing relationship with Jacob.

Matthew’s character David is responsible for Maya’s downfall, setting a trap for her when she’s planning to escape with Jacob forever.

Sadly, this leaves Jacob more furious than ever with David – still refusing to accept that he has been groomed and manipulated.

David Metcalfe confronts Maya Stepney in Emmerdale

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Speaking about the arrest, Matthew explained: “David absolutely believes he has done the right thing. Now that he knows the truth, he absolutely despises Maya.

“There’s no emotion over losing his girlfriend. That completely goes out of the window and it’s now pure, unadulterated hate. David wants Maya to go away to prison and for the key to be thrown away.

“Jacob actually witnesses Maya being handcuffed and put into the police car. He’s obviously devastated and thinks that David has completely ruined his life. He still wants to be with Maya and thinks they’re in love.”

David Metcalfe worries about Jacob Gallagher in Emmerdale

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Matthew continued: “This is the start of the hard times for David and Jacob. The fact that Maya has been arrested is not the end of the storyline. I think it’s the beginning of the next chapter.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen next, because as far as Jacob thinks, David has ruined his life. I don’t know if he’s ever going to come around to the fact that David hasn’t. It’s definitely not going to be a quick fix.”

The actor also spoke proudly about his on-screen son Joe-Warren Plant, who has spent months dealing with the difficult storyline in his role as Jacob.

Matthew added: “I’m very proud of Joe-Warren. It’s incredible that he’s been put up for Best Young Performer at the Soap Awards, which I think he deserves more than anything.

“I’ve been with Joe now since he was 7 years old, when he first auditioned for the show. I’ve seen him grow up into somebody who’s nearly a foot taller than me, which is very annoying!

“He’s just blossomed within this storyline. I know he’s 17 now, but the show has given a child actor such a huge storyline. The way that he’s gone about it – so professional and grown up – is incredible.

“There’s lots of amazing stuff that we’ve filmed that’s still yet to be shown. He’s been fantastic and I’m super proud of him.”

Emmerdale airs Maya’s arrest on Tuesday, May 21 at 8pm on ITV.


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