Discussing playing such a complex character, Reece said: “I love playing him but I don’t love him just because he is complicated, he is complex.
“And you take the character from the words that are presented to you, each and every week, each and every day.
“The last thing I wanted was to [make him a comic book villain]. I tried my best to make him a human being.
“Bad people or troubled people don’t walk around with trouble written across the top of their forehead. Not very often,” he continued, explaining why some of this character’s villainous behaviour was subtle, to begin with.
Is his comeuppance on the horizon?
Emmerdale continues tonight at 6:45pm on ITV.
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