Emmerdale star Amy Walsh reveals devastation for Tracy

Emmerdale star Amy Walsh has opened up on the devastation set for Tracy Metcalfe as she discovers Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) is thinking of going to prison for Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper).

With Belle, who is struggling to cope, accused of the hit-and-run, and facing a prison sentence, Tracy is horrified to overhear Nate’s plans.

‘She can’t believe her ears,’ Amy told Metro.co.uk, ‘She overhears a Dingle family meeting – she feels quite shocked and disappointed that he would discuss something so big without her.

‘She’s really hurt and at that stage of pregnancy where the 20 week scan is coming, she feels very vulnerable. All she wants is to build a family unit and safe nest for baby to arrive to. For her it comes crashing down. From what she hears, it seems like it’s just Cain so she has resentment there.

‘She thinks her relationship with Nate is strong so she gives him an ultimatum. She thinks he’s going to do the right thing – but he doesn’t, he makes the choice to take the rap for Belle.

‘It’s another person in her life letting her down and she doesn’t see the reason how. He’s known Belle two minutes, Cain’s awful to him, why would he put himself through this when he has Tracy and a baby?’

As Amy was quick to point out, Nate is pretty much all Tracy’s got at this point.

‘She lost her dad last year, her sister is away so she literally has no-one,’ she explained. ‘She is desperate to cling onto this family unit with Nate. They’re not madly in love, they’re dealing with it – but the need for the family solidarity is more important. And they are falling for each other through the amazing thing of having baby together.

They’re having all their first fights that you do in the early stages of a relationship with the pressure of bringing a baby into it,’ she continued. ‘Then there’s him potentially in prison. They definitely don’t know each other, she doesn’t know he won’t let her down and this just proves it all.

‘But it shows a side of Nate that Belle is vulnerable, she sees the extent of Belle’s illness developing and it’s a moment she falls for the goodness in him. It’s really nice to see that. It’s a journey – Tracy is thinking of herself and the baby and she is angry but when she sees how loving he is to his aunt, it’s really nice. And it’s nice for the viewers to see this new side to him, given how he came in.’

Tracy has had some tough times with her pregnancy and, for Amy, it’s important to show that it isn’t all ‘rosy.’

‘It’s been up and down, there’s sickness and the scare she had – which happened to be wind! It’s quite nice you know, it’s not all rosy for anyone and there are scary moments, it’s important to double check and highlight that it is a rollercoaster but it doesn’t mean something awful is going to happen,’ she said.

‘They’re showing those moments where you get the twinge and think it’s something more serious. I think she is loving having something to focus on and getting one step closer to that happening.’

Meanwhile, it’s been quite the experience for Amy too, with the star having to pop on a fake pregnancy bump every time she films.

As it turns out, there’s an unexpected silver lining, with the star adding: ‘Every time I put it on, I go “Aww!” It’s nice you know. You never have to worry about your love handles showing either!’

And, despite Tracy’s love for Nate, there’s always going to be the question of whether she still holds a torch for David (Matthew Wolfenden) after their split in 2018.

‘Ohhh that’s a tough one!’ Amy admitted. ‘You always have that person in life that is your main love – she will always have a torch but she’s properly over him now.

‘She’s only had little flings since so it was nice for her to have love and happiness again. That’s what she wants in this.’

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