Emmerdale New Year spoilers: Sarah Sugden splits the village in devastating drugs storyline as teens take centre stage

EMMERDALE’S youngsters are set to take centre stage in 2021 in a series of major storylines beginning with Sarah Sugden’s return to drugs.

The tearaway teen gets herself into a devastating situation with dealer Danny which splits the village and causes her mum Debbie to return.

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Actress Katie Hill revealed: “The start of this year is going to be quite an eventful one for Sarah as a lot is going on that will affect her – and she’s left feeling lonely and unwanted. 

“When Danny returns, she sees an opportunity to feel wanted and cared for by someone again. 

“However, as we know, Danny has a dangerous past with drugs. Will Sarah get dragged down this path again?” 

A new trailer has already revealed that Sarah’s drama draws in newcomer Ethan – the son of new Vicar Charles.


Actor Emile John who plays Ethan said: “Ethan’s arrival is far from quiet and he soon finds himself at the mercy of the Dingles. 

“But that’s not all. We’ll soon find out more about Ethan and his past which could have huge consequences for others. I’ve loved playing Ethan so far and i can’t wait to see where the character is heading.”

Meanwhile fresh from her humiliating year that saw her stalk and then fall in love with Leyla Harding, Gabby Thomas has decided to set her sights towards Jamie Tate.

But could Kim Tate recognise something of herself in this cunning and clever girl? 

Actress Rosie Bentham explains: “Gabby has had her fair share of trouble over the past year, but if she’s hoping 2021 is going to be a more settled year, she can think again. 

“I’m excited that Gabby is at the heart of the village as she sets her sights on Home Farm and I can tell you this year is going to hold even more drama for Gabby than ever.”

Executive producer Jane Hudson added: “We are so lucky to have such a talented group of young actors who can deliver some of our biggest storylines. 

“It's exciting to watch characters grow up and see how they develop and how their actions shape their futures. 

“And there is plenty of action coming up which will take the young Emmerdale characters on journeys the audience won't be expecting.”

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