Emmerdale’s Fiona Wade says Priya’s burn scars took two hours to create in make-up

Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade has revealed her soap alter-ego Priya Sharma’s burn scars took two hours to create in make-up.

Opening up about the traumatic storyline, Fiona explained her character is struggling to come to terms with the life-changing injuries she endured in the horrific maze fire.

And in this week’s installment of the ITV soap, Priya decides to confront her fears and look at her scars on her back for the very first time in a bid to help her on the road to recovery.

Opening up about the preparation she did ahead of filming the hard hitting scenes during an appearance on This Morning, the 42-year-old actress said she got into the right mindset by sitting in the make-up chair for several hours.

Fiona explained: “It takes about two hours in make-up and the make-up ladies at Emmerdale are fantastic, incredible.”

“So I had two hours of sitting in my dressing room and I was like, ‘I just don’t want to look at them until I take the bandages off.”

Fiona, who is married to her former co-star Simon Cotton, continued: “I wanted it to feel as real, if you could say that, as possible.”

Fiona went on to explain that while she saw glimpses of the make-up during rehearsals for the scene, she and the Emmerdale team ensured that it was only when the cameras were rolling that she saw the full extent.

She said: “I saw a little bit of it, but, actually, the reveal was sort of the first time.”

The actress added: “I just wanted to try and be in that position as much as I could, really.”

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Fiona also confessed she felt a huge weight of responsibility to get the storyline right, turning to an organisation called Changing Faces to help her with her research.

She said: “As an actor when you get a call about a big storyline, it’s always so wonderful and you think, ‘great, something to get my teeth into.’”

The actress continued: “And then afterwards the anxiety sets in – the responsibility you hold with something like this because you are portraying real people’s lives and situations people are actually going through.”

Speaking about the help Changing Faces had provided her throughout filming for Priya’s storyline, Fiona said: “We have been working with a wonderful charity called Changing Faces who support anybody with a visible difference.”

The star added: “We had lots of initial chats with them altogether on Zoom. They talked us through everything we needed to know.”

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Emmerdale continues weekdays on ITV. Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for everyone who has a scar, mark or condition that makes them look different. For advice or support see www.changingfaces.org.uk or call 0300 012 0275

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