Emmerdale's Fiona Wade reveals she chose acting career over singing

Emmerdale star Fiona Wade has revealed that she could have become a singer.

The actress, who plays Priya Sharma in the ITV soap, landed a record deal when she was 18 and was sent to Sweden to work with producers, but chose to concentrate on acting instead.

She told the Daily Star: "I really wanted to be a pop star and I had a provisional record deal at 18. I worked in Sweden with the producers who wrote and produced Kylie Minogue's Fever album, but it never really seemed to take off."

The 34-year-old added: "My acting was going well and so I felt for longevity that's what I should concentrate on."

Fiona can't wait for her character to give birth and meet her future screen offspring.

"As soon as I see the baby I know I'll be, 'Oh my goodness!' I can't wait, because I love babies and I do get really broody," she said.

She admitted playing pregnant Priya has made her long to start her own family.

"I'd definitely like kids of my own," Fiona said. "I can't imagine it right now - I haven't got a boyfriend at the moment, so somehow I don't think its going to happen quite yet! But hopefully it's not too far away."


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