Emma Atkins thinks Charity Dingle's upcoming appearance in court will be her "most terrifying" experience.

Emma Atkins

Emma Atkins

The emotional 'Emmerdale' scenes will see her character testifying in court against her abuser DI Mark Bails (Rocky Marshall), and she has admitted it will be an "unpleasant" moment.

She told RadioTimes.com: "It's the most terrifying thing she's had to go through. Charity has to rake up this ordeal in front of strangers and she knows it's going to feel unpleasant.

"It's everything you don't want to say out loud - all the nitty gritty about her dark past. She knows what she's got to do, but deep down there's a lot fear, anticipation and worry."

Bails has already warned Charity that a jury will dismiss her story as he continues to try and unnerve her ahead of the trial.

Her confidence is knocked, while she is also concerned that her past as a prostitute will "not give her a fighting chance".

Things only get worse, as viewers will soon see Bails give a twisted version of events, and his wife Chloe (Joanna Miller) will stand by his side by lying to the prosecution.

The verdict jury's isn't known yet, but Emma has revealed how Charity will struggle to "come to terms" with the ordeal, and may put on a brave face in an attempt to move on.

She added: "Regardless of the verdict, Charity can't come to terms with what's happened to her. Her past being exposed starts to eat away at her. Vanessa wants her to see a counsellor, but she pushes that idea well away.

"I've a feeling she's going to bury it right back down into the basement of her psyche and continue to be the hard-faced Charity. She even burns a newspaper report of the verdict, so she's dealing with things in her own style and continuing to be the hard-faced Charity. And I think fans like that sharp side to her personality."

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