Emmerdale boss reveals how the show knew the star was perfect as Meena

Meena in Emmerdale

Meena’s evil antics have gripped fans (Image: ITV)

Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks has revealed the ITV soap knew straight away Meena Jutla actress Paige Sandhu was perfect for the role as the animated serial killer.

For the past 18 months, Paige has wowed viewers with her powerful performances as an evil villain, setting Meena apart from other soap villains with her nonchalant approach to beating up the locals while hopping around graveyards and singing along to Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” ‘.

Ahead of Meena’s exit as she faces sentencing in court, Kate tells Metro.co.uk and other media how Paige wowed everyone during the casting process.

“Paige is amazing; She was from the moment we saw her doing her screen test with Rebecca,” she reveals.

Emmerdale Paige Sandhu as Meena Jutla

Paige Sandhu played Meena perfectly (Image: ITV)

“She gave this character a childish quality, like in Super Soap Week when she saw the bridge collapse, she was seen playing with the toggles on her hoodie.”

Kate adds that Paige’s performances allowed them to plan how the rest of the storyline would unfold. “It’s those little moments that make us think, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,’ and make us realize that this is a different way of playing a character like that, and it’s a nudge to become bigger and more theatrical.”

The producer is full of praise for the actress, whose presence on the show has spawned one of the most iconic villains in Emmerdale history.

“Paige had such charisma and was amazing from the start and that’s what sets her apart from the rest. She has a charm, but there’s also that steeliness to her performance, a slightly annoying element that makes her so interesting.

“She is so talented and hardworking and the choices she makes as an actress add a whole new dimension to this story. Every time I watch her and Rebecca [Sarker, who plays Manpreet] They’re always great together, I’m always smiling and they’re mesmerizing.”

Meena in Emmerdale

Meena couldn’t believe the court wouldn’t order her a pizza (Image: ITV)

Kate concludes by telling us how much Paige will be missed as she leaves the soap for new pastures.

“First of all, it’s a busy and stressful role, but Paige has always been so professional and so kind, so delightful and accommodating, and as such she will be a huge loss to the Emmerdale team.”

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