New Emmerdale mystery: does Carly have a secret child?

Well, we nearly choked on our wine and pizza watching Friday night’s episode of Emmerdale, when Carly Hope (Gemma Atkinson (opens in new tab)) was talking babies with Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi (opens in new tab)).

There they were, gossiping about how Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye (opens in new tab)) managed to keep her pregnancy a secret from everyone, especially dad Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson (opens in new tab)), when Carly said something that made us sit up and pay extra attention…

Carly couldn't look at Leyla as they discussed Megan's secret pregnancy


“I can’t believe she’s been pregnant all this time, and hiding the bump,” Leyla said.

“Yeah, well, not everyone shows with the first,” Carly said, turning red, hanging her head, fiddling with her apron and looking extremely uncomfortable.

Carly squirms as Leyla talks about keeping a baby a secret…


Was Carly talking from experience? We think so…

Carly is brilliant with little April (Amelia Flanagan (opens in new tab)), Marlon Dingle’s (Mark Charnock (opens in new tab)) daughter, who she looks after when she’s not in school.

They have a very special relationship now, but Carly wasn’t keen on being involved with April at first. Now we're wondering if that was because Carly didn't feel worthy of caring for a child after giving away her own.

(Image credit: Helen Turton)

Does Carly love April as she would a child she gave up?


It’s clear, though, that Carly has fallen in love with April. Is she Carly’s substitute for the child she gave up?

“Carly wants to settle down in the village, find someone and have a happy life,” Gemma said recently.

But trouble follows Carly like a shadow… She came back to the village as a runaway bride.

We think she might be a runaway mother, too…

Emmerdale (opens in new tab) continues on ITV, Monday, December 14, 7.00pm.