'Emmerdale' Charlotte Bellamy: 'Laurel wants a divorce'
Published Apr 12 2012, 11:16 BST | By Daniel Kilkelly Emmerdale
star Charlotte Bellamy
has admitted that her character Laurel Thomas cannot see a future for her marriage when she discovers husband Ashley's dark secret.
Laurel receives a terrible shock next week when she witnesses Ashley (John Middleton) hitting his father Sandy (Freddie Jones), bringing the show's elder abuse storyline to a dramatic climax.
Viewers will see that Laurel decides to stick around in the family home for the time being for Sandy's sake. However, Bellamy told All About Soap
that there may be no hope for her relationship with Ashley.
Bellamy explained: "Ashley claims he just wanted life to be perfect for Laurel. He blames her for falling in love with Marlon, even though they didn't have a full-blown affair. Ashley can't forgive Laurel for what she's done, and now Laurel realises she isn't able to forgive him either.
"Laurel doesn't know how to get past this, or if she'll ever be able to forgive Ashley for what he's done. Ashley tells her that he's done all this to protect her. However, as far as Laurel is concerned, their marriage is now over. There is no going back this time."
She continued: "Laurel is going to ask Ashley for a divorce. There's no way she can stay married to him now she knows what he's been doing to his father."Emmerdale
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