Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson: The Lachlan plot was 'a real curveball for me' (VIDEO)

Over the past few weeks, teenager Lachlan White (Thomas Atkinson) has slowly been developing a creepy obsession with bubbly barmaid, Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson) in Emmerdale.

So when Alicia's husband, David, has to rush off for a family emergency, Lachlan seizes his chance to spend extra time with unsuspecting Alicia, when she's home alone on her birthday night and slightly drunk.

Natalie told What's on TV when she was told about the plot: "It was a real curveball for me. I was shocked by it. However I could completely understand why [series producer Kate Oates] picked our family and why she thought we were the right family for this storyline... However I was quite nervous, but if I can use the word, I was also quite excited by it. I knew we had a really good story to tell and knew why our producer wanted to do this."

Watch Natalie talk about the shock development which will leave Alicia traumatised, above.

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.