David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) may have the worst history in Emmerdale for being oblivious to the dark natures of his love interests.
Just a year after Maya was jailed for abusing and grooming his son Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant), he has shacked up with Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu), who is about to commit murder and apparently not for the first time either.
And while Matthew admits that David does have some misgivings about Meena, he shares that he has no idea what she is truly capable of.
The actor told Metro.co.uk: ‘Meena is obviously very attractive and very charming. He has made huge mistakes in the past with the likes of Maya but he just doesn’t see how deranged this one is.
‘He has second thoughts about her but never in a million years would he think she was capable of doing what she has planned.
‘I think David can be easily manipulated and Meena certainly ups her manipulation of both David and Jacob. She doesn’t feel David is giving her the attention she deserves and she’s desperate to get Jacob out of the way.
‘He’s oblivious to the conversations she’s having with Jacob. Whether David’s eyes will be opened to her conniving ways is yet to be seen.’
Given how long it took him to clock Maya’s true nature, it may be a long time. However, as David ends up sharing a kiss with Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins), Meena suddenly has a motive for murder. If David wants to leave her for someone else, then she may respond in only one way.
‘I think we can all use our imagination on how she’ll react!’ Matthew laughed. ‘Let’s just say she’s not going to take the news well if she does find out and that could mean both David and Victoria are in real danger.
‘He has his niggles about Meena but I don’t think anything could prepare him for just how far she’ll go to get what she wants.
‘You do not cross Meena and if you do so, you do it at your own peril. I doubt Meena actually loves David and he’s probably more of a possession than anything else. If she can’t have possession over him then no one will!’
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