Holby City star Debra Stephenson has admitted she had doubts over a dark storyline for her character Jeni Sinclaire.
Last night's (July 7) episode finally confirmed that the seemingly warm and trustworthy Jeni is actually overseeing a sex trafficking ring, and has been growing close to Fletch's daughter Evie as part of her disturbing plans.
Speaking about learning of the storyline, newcomer Debra admitted to What To Watch: "Yeah, of course I had reservations.
"I thought: 'I really want to do it… but, my God, Jeni's horrible!' No one wants to play someone who's harming young people, do they? They might think: 'I don't want people to see me as that' and there's huge responsibility that comes with it.
"But there's an important message that needs to be conveyed and that's that these things do happen; young girls are being snared into this world, and this story is a reminder that they need to watch out."
The dark side to Jeni was confirmed when one of her acquaintances turned up at the hospital and eyed up Evie, though Jeni insisted she was using her to get access to other local girls.
Speaking further about playing a horrible character, Debra said: "I certainly wouldn't steer clear of other 'bad' characters just because I'm most well known for playing Shell Dockley in Bad Girls.
"When you play a baddie it's so challenging and thought-provoking and it makes you feel bad inside – and like you're delving into all those parts you might prefer to leave alone."
Holby City continues on Tuesday, July 13 on BBC One.
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