Emmerdale star Nicola Wheeler teases long-term future of Angelica story

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Emmerdale star Nicola Wheeler has teased the long-term future of her soap character's daughter, Angelica King.

Angelica previously killed teenager Heath Hope in a road accident on New Year's Eve, with parents Nicola and Jimmy King even attempting to cover the truth for a short while before surprisingly reconciling with Heath's father, Bob.

While speaking to Digital Spy and other media, Wheeler has hinted at the long-term plan for Angelica's future, after she is set to have her sentence confirmed in soon-to-air scenes.

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Asked how she'll cope with her daughter's sentencing, Nicola said: "At first it feels like a lifetime. But as the story goes on, they realise that they're being ridiculous because it is only eight months. But when you're not there for your daughter, you can't go and visit every day, it's hell on earth isn't it?"

She continued by saying: "I don't think they'll cope well, but they do have Carl and Elliot to consider – they do have two other children. Initially Nicola starts to lash out because she can't cope but Jimmy gives her a stern talking-to and says: 'This is what it is. We have to deal with it'."

Nicola concluded her answer to the question by adding that Bob's recent gesture of peace has helped calm the parents slightly. "It's also a relief when Bob holds out an olive branch – and that sense of relief sets them on a different path," she said.

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Nicola added that her and her on screen husband's lives are forever changed by the events.

"I don't think they can ever possibly be the same again. That's not to say they will be miserable forever, but I just think something like that taints or stains you slightly.

"Also, looking to the future, I would just say: 'What is to come?' Because what is Angel going to be like when she leaves the place? That is the big question, isn't it? For eight months of her life, Nicola and Jimmy don't have any control or influence over her at all," she continued.

"I think that's quite crushing for any parent who has been in this situation. It's the fact that they are literally handing their child over."

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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