Andrea Tate looks set to meet a grisly end at the hands of evil Meena Jutla on to night’s Emmerdale.
Having survived the mother-in-law from hell in the form of Kim Tate and her husband Jamie’s cheating ways, her ultimate demise may come from the village’s resident serial killer.
After witnessing Meena try to kill love rival Victoria Sugden, terrified Andrea was chased into a maize before being cornered by the homicidal maniac.
Ironically, the murderess lifted up a ‘dead end’ sign and went to beat Andrea to death as she let out a piercing scream – but will she survive?
“I can tell you there’s a lot more to come, well it’s not just Andrea that’s in danger, like there’s a lot of people involved,” said the actress on today’s This Morning as she desperately tried not to give anything away.
What made the explosive scene even more impressive is that actress Anna Nightingale was pregnant during filming.
The 30-year-old is expecting her second child with fiancé Daren Dixon – and thankfully her life away from the cameras is far less deadly that Andrea’s.
Anna Nightingale / Instagram)
Anna Nightingale / Instagram)
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It was a dream come true when Anna landed the “badass” role back in 2019, but she soon started to doubt herself while suffering from ‘imposter syndrome’.
“It’s always that little voice in your head that goes, ‘Are you sure you can do this?’ It’s imposter syndrome. A lot of actors have it,” Anna revealed back in 2019.
“As a person I’m a bit of a worrier, but I’ve got good people around me who told me I could do it. Plus, the Tate name started to seep into me and I was like, ‘I can do this!’”
It’s been a whirlwind ride for Anna, who went to the famous Brit School in London alongside pop sensations such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and Jessie J – but this came after she suffered a traumatic time at school.
While growing up in Manchester, Anna attended an all-girls high school and suffered a horrible bullying ordeal.
“I was bullied horrifically at school. I had a frizzy perm, acne and glasses. I went to an all-girls school and did very well academically, but it was horrible,” she told the Daily Star.
“I feel very passionately about girls supporting each other. No-one wins if you don’t. I got beaten up a couple of times, but I had one really good friend, and her and my mum helped keep my confidence.
“Sadly it’s something most people experience in some shape or form. I went off to the Brit School and never looked back.”
At the age of 16, Anna left home for London to attend the Brit School and would have been happy with a music career.
But she went straight into the theatre before appearing in Ashes to Ashes in 2099, alongside Dean Andrews who now plays Will Taylor in Emmerdale.
Away from acting, Anna is with long-term partner Darren who she met over a decade ago through work.
“He used to work in music, and we kind of just met through some mutual friends. We worked together for a year or so, and then one evening I think I probably had too many glasses of wine, and I declared my undying love for him,” she told Inside Soap:
Anna joked that Daren would recall the story differently and she worried she had ruined their friendship: “But fortunately the feelings were reciprocated, and the rest is history.”
The couple have four-year-old daughter Autumn together, who hilariously tells Darren when Anna is kissing other men on the TV.
“She has changed my life. My partner’s not an actor, but he gets it – although he still finds it weird watching me on TV,” Anna told the Daily Star in 2019.
“Autumn was watching the other day and said, ‘Daddy, Mummy’s kissing someone else!’ It was brilliant.
“And there have been times when she’ll be watching an episode and I’ll walk through the door and she says ‘Daddy, Mummy’s not on TV any more.’ It’s so cute.”
Anna Nightingale / Instagram)
The mum-of-one splits her time between her home in London and family in Manchester while filming Emmerdale in Leeds.
Andrea was only supposed to be gone for a few days when she left last year, but it ended up being weeks due to filming being halted, which meant Anna could spend lots of time with her partner and young daughter.
Discussing how she spent lockdown with Lorraine Kelly last June, Anna said: “It’s been amazing and I think the nicest thing about this, it’s just been such a god send having a little one during this time.
“There’s nothing like a young kid to just put everything in perspective and also just to brighten up your day. She’s amazing.
“We tried to explain to her what’s going on but in a really sensitive way and she just wakes up every day and teaches you to just live in the moment. She loves to dance, we use music and dance to relax as a family. To literally shake it all off.”
Anna announced some exciting news early this years as she is expecting her second baby – and Autumn is just as excited as her parents to become a big sister.
Anna says she and her husband-to-be were relaxed about their family plans and had the opinion that ‘if it happens, it happens,’ but admits they were both taken by surprise by their exciting news.
Telling all to OK! magazine, Anna said: “After everything we’ve been through over the past year with the pandemic, it just sort of feels like divine timing to be pregnant. I’m honestly just super grateful and it feels like the best time for us as a family.”
The actress admitted people have been asking whether the new baby will match the name trend and be called Summer or Winter.
Anna went broke the news of her pregnancy to Autumn by creating a ‘movie trailer’ which told a fairytale of a little girl who was soon to become a big sister.
“It’s always been a conversation; it’s always something we, as a family, have wanted. We were kind of like, ‘If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.’ Daren’s very laid-back but his face did drop.
“It hadn’t been a conversation for a little while, in terms of dates and stuff. To be honest, it was a bit of a surprise to me as well until I actually did that test, and even when I did it, I was like, ‘Oh, OK.’ And then I did another one!”
Anna feels that in the last couple of years she has matured both on and off screen – with Emmerdale changing her life completely.
“I used to worry about things in my 20s, but I have grown as a person. This role on Emmerdale is the most full-on I have had but I always give everything my best and I also want to be a good role model for my daughter,” she said.
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt from lockdown, since having Autumn, and since reaching that milestone of 30, is to take things a day at a time. Lockdown taught us to enjoy the moment. Autumn’s catchphrase is, ‘What’s our focus today?’
“I’m really enjoying the family time. We bought Autumn a bunk bed at the weekend. Her ‘big girl bed’, she calls it. Autumn is beside herself at the prospect of being a big sister and is very practical and already drawing up a shopping list.”
A wedding isn’t on the horizon just yet, but when Anna marries Darren she is certain that Autumn will be a bridesmaid and probably the wedding planner as well because she is so organised.
When Anna first started on the soap she feels the public were split into two distinctive camps, those telling her to leave Kim Tate along and other wanting her to go in hard.
Anna got a confidence boost when her on-screen mother-in-law got in touch, with actress Claire King saying she was excited to work together.
Describing what it’s like on set, Anna said: “It’s such a lovely place to work, everybody is so warm. There’s a really nice feeling of unity, more than ever.
“It’s been a humbling and bonding time, so coming back on set it feels like everyone is in it together, wantsto help each other out and do their best.
Emmerdale viewers were worried Andrea had left for good in June last year when she fled the village after exposing cheating husband Jamie in the Woolpack.
But now it really does seem Andrea’s time could be up after getting on the wrong side of evil Meena, who will do anything to make sure she is not exposed as a serial killer.
During this action-packed week, viewers have seen Anna run for her life, scramble across boulders and become trapped in a terrifying maze.
What they won’t know is that Anna was pregnant while filming the “tough days” but felt empowered throughout – thinking about how she would show her second child the episodes on their 18th birthday.
“When I read the script it was so much more than I had ever expected,” she teased. “It is definitely the most dramatic storyline I’ve ever played and in terms of Andrea’s involvement, it’s next-level stuff. But I can’t say more.”
Due to the demanding nature of the filming, Anna had to mentally and physically prepare herself and had a consultation with the doctor before the intense scenes.
Four days into the month-long schedule, Anna has admitted her swirling pregnancy hormones took their toll.
“I just woke up feeling absolutely exhausted and on top of that we had some serious extremes in weather. So on this day it was 27 degrees and we were in helmets with backpacks and waterproofs,” she explained.
“At one point I had two paramedics on standby feeding me water. Everyone was looking out for me but I was like, ‘It’s OK!’.”
So is this the end for Andrea? Is it the last we will see of Anna on the soap? Tune in tonight to find out.
*Emmerdale airs tonight on ITV at 7pm and 8pm
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