Emmerdale star reveals Marlon's rage amid April's trolling terror
Emmerdale’s April Windsor (Amelia Flanagan) set up a grief group online in the wake of Leanna Cavanagh’s (Mimi Slinger) death, hoping to offer support to those out there who need it.
It was a kind and moving gesture, but she was subsequently attacked by trolls for her efforts.
And it only gets worse next week, when she receives a cruel meme of mum Donna (Verity Rushworth), who viewers will know died seven years ago.
April is understandably heartbroken, and seeks solace at her mum’s grave, questioning why the trolls hate her so much.
Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock), meanwhile, has noticed that his daughter has not quite been herself as of late, and therefore he makes it his mission to find out what she’s going through.
‘There’s a long build up,’ actor Mark told Metro.co.uk. ‘[Marlon is] seeing changes in her behaviour, seeing her more downcast, more reluctant to go to school which I think are all classic traits of this.
‘He can’t put his finger on it, and he and Rhona make mistakes about why it might be happening. She tells cover stories for it as well.
‘And then at some point or other, he and Rhona overhear Heath and Cathy talking about it in the pub and he confronts then, and that’s when to his abject horror, he finds out what’s been going on.’
Marlon is utterly horrified to learn of April’s trolling ordeal, and he wastes little time in tracking her down at her mum’s grave. The Woolpack owner then apologises for letting her down, claiming that he failed to protect her.
‘He tries to be as gentle as he can be,’ continued Mark. ‘He can’t believe the abuse she has been getting is about Donna, the worst of it is all related to her dead mother.
‘It’s a beautifully written scene, where he tries to express to her how proud he is of her and how he can’t believe that he has missed it.
‘He fells guilt ridden because he promised her mum that he would protect her and he feels like he has let her down, that he has failed in some way. They talk about it and then he suggests to her in as careful way as he can that they simply take the phone away.
‘It’s born out of panic really, parents panic. He panics and suggests gently if I take the phone away: “if I delete all your social media apps, you don’t have to read this stuff any more, you don’t have to see it, you can just get on with your summer and being the person you are”.
‘He thinks that dealing with it in that slightly dramatic way will just put a full stop to it but of course it’s probably not the correct course of action!’
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