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Emmerdale’s Manpreet actress admits ‘falling asleep’ while filming scene in ITV soap

Dec 13, 2021

When we caught up with mum-of-two Rebecca Sarker in our exclusive interview and photoshoot with her and on-screen sister Paige Sandhu, she revealed that falling asleep on set was her most embarrassing moment on the ITV soap.

Rebecca has played resident GP Manpreet Sharma in Emmerdale since 2018, and admitted that there was a day where she let her "professionalism" slip and dozed off during filming.

She explained: "I fell asleep in a hospital bed. I was hooked up to all the medical equipment for a scene and I dozed off. So many people told me beforehand that they’d done the same and I just said, 'No! I’d never do that, I’m too professional.'"

Laughing at the memory, the soap star added: "It was so cosy, I couldn’t help it. I was woken up by the medical adviser stroking my arm, telling me it was time for tea break! Luckily I didn’t snore. I’d have been mortified!"

Rebecca has made a name for herself as Manpreet – especially in recent months as the tension builds between her and murderous sister Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) – but Emmerdale isn't Rebecca's first ride on the soap train.

The actress also played Nita Desai in Coronation Street between 1999 and 2000.

Upon joining Emmerdale she reunited with a couple of her former Corrie co-stars.

When we asked Rebecca if it was nice to have familiar faces on set, she said: "Yes! It was so lovely to see Chris Bisson [Jai Sharma] and Gaynor Faye [Megan Macey] when I started.

She continued: "Having two friendly faces made me feel like I belonged. I’m also still in touch with Kevin Kennedy from my Corrie days."

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As Christmas approaches, soap fans are gearing up for an explosive festive special on Emmerdale and Rebecca is set to be at the centre of all the action.

Having fallen out with Meena, Manpreet suspects that her little sister isn't the saint she makes out to be.

A meeting with someone from Meena's past drags up an old incident and Manpreet must work out whether or not she truly knows what her sister is capble of.

Read Paige and Rebecca's full interview – and see all the snaps from their joint OK! shoot – here. Emmerdale continues weekdays at 7pm on ITV.

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