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Emmerdale's Louisa Clein not ruling out possible Maya Stepney return

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 09/10/2019 Jess Lee

© Getty Emmerdale star Louisa Clein has addressed whether or not Maya Stepney could return.

The disgraced schoolteacher was last seen being sent to prison. Although it was a 12-month sentence, the impact of the storyline continues to be felt.

Asked by The Mirror about a possible return at the 2019 Inside Soap Awards, Clein said that it was important for the "repercussions" to be shown as Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) struggles to come to terms with the fact that he was abused.

Louisa Clein holding a sign: Inside Soap Awards 2019 © Mike Marsland/WireImage - Getty Images Inside Soap Awards 2019 "It's a difficult one," she said. "I think the storyline will almost certainly continue. There are repercussions that will no doubt go on for years for those characters.

"When we were doing the research with Barnardo's, they said that often the abused don't understand that they were abused until years later. So I hope that they follow through with that and continue with Jacob and the effects that it's had on him for years."

Clein won the award for Best Bad Girl at the Inside Soap Awards, while the 'big night out' flashback week picked up Best Shock Twist.

Louisa Clein sitting in front of a window: EMBARGO 07.00 11/06/2019 Maya Stepney in court in Emmerdale © ITV EMBARGO 07.00 11/06/2019 Maya Stepney in court in Emmerdale

The ITV soap earned two other awards for Best Exit (Jane Cox) and Best Partnership (Dominic Brunt and Lucy Pargeter). 

Emmerdale currently airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

Gallery: Inside the Emmerdale stars' fabulous homes away from the Dales (Hello Magazine UK)

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