Leyla Cavanagh was once a competent, level-headed business woman who had tons of mates and a strong marriage behind her.
But since the wedding planner got into coke, bit by bit she's become a totally different person. And not a nice one at that.
Now totally dependant on drugs, Leyla's become a hard-nosed nightmare who's high as a kite and chucking money around one minute, and grumpy and mean the next.
Her doctor husband Liam still has no idea his wife's become addicted to drugs and Leyla is desperately hoping that David, her ex who caught her taking coke, will keep quiet.
At Take A Vow, which is on the slide thanks to Leyla's addiction, profit margins are dwindling and clients have been leaving. Sloppy Leyla's at the heart of the problem but can't see it.
Without a flicker of regret or remorse, Leyla tells her long-term business partner and best mate Priya that she's fired!
Later, Leyla is absolutely buzzed when Will Taylor comes to her to ask if she can resume planning his wedding.
Leyla had previously been hired by his fiancée Kim Tate but got sacked when she failed to live up to Kim's expectations.
Lydia Dingle was drafted into to replace Leyla but with no real experience behind her, apart from planning her own wedding, not to mention how demanding Kim is, she's really struggled.
It's a triumphant moment for Leyla who shows no humility about the matter whatsoever.
- Rhona Goskirk - Zoe Henry
- Paddy Kirk - Dominic Brunt
- Kim Tate - Claire King
- Harriet Finch - Katherine Dow Blyton
- Eric Pollard - Chris Chittell
- Bear Wolf - Joshua Richards
- Jai Sharma - Chris Bisson
- Rishi Sharma - Bhasker Patel
- Priya Kotecha - Fiona Wade
- Jacob Gallagher - Joe-Warren Plant
- Wendy Posner - Susan Cookson
- Bob Hope - Tony Audenshaw
- Amy Wyatt - Natalie Ann Jamieson
- Liam Cavanagh - Jonny McPherson
- Leyla Cavanagh - Roxy Shahidi
- Rodney Blackstock - Patrick Mower
- Brenda Walker - Lesley Dunlop
- Matty Barton- Ash Palmisciano
- Amelia Spencer - Daisy Campbell
- Dan Spencer - Liam Fox
- April Windsor - Amelia Flanagan
- Nate Robinson - Jurrell Carter
- Dawn Fletcher - Olivia Bromley
- Manpreet Jutla - Rebecca Sarker
- Ryan Stocks - James Moore
- Billy Fletcher - Jay Kontzle
- Will Taylor - Dean Andrews
- Mackenzie Barton - Lawrence Robb
- Bernice Blackstock - Sam Giles
- Marlon Dingle - Mark Charnock
- Zak Dingle - Steve Halliwell
- Mandy Dingle - Lisa Riley
- Vinny Dingle - Bradley Johnson
- Liv Dingle - Isobel Steele
- Cain Dingle - Jeff Hordley
- Moira Dingle - Natalie J Robb
- Chas Dingle - Lucy Pargeter
- Belle Dingle - Eden Taylor-Draper
- Charity Dingle - Emma Atkins
- Sam Dingle - James Hooten
- Lydia Dingle - Karen Blick
- Noah Dingle - Jack Downham
- Samson Dingle - Sam Hall
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