Emmerdales Paige Sandhu reveals that Meena has killed twice off-screen

Emmerdale actress Paige Sandhu has revealed that her scheming character Meena Jutla has actually killed twice before taking up residence in the Dales. The news comes as viewers prepare to watch the psychopathic murderer kill again in Super Soap Week.

Paige – who recently told OK! that filming Super Soap Week has been her favourite time on set – unveiled previously unknown details about her character's backstory that help her get into character during an interview with OK! and other media outlets.

"Now that I really know her well and I've been playing her for over a year, I find it a lot easier to get into character than before," she explained.

Paige continued: "But what I usually do before every scene that I'm in… In my backstory, this hasn't been put in scripts but it's my backstory, Meena has killed twice before she comes to Emmerdale.

"What I do is I replay one of the murders that she commits and I change my body language, I stand like her, I clear my head of any thoughts. Just imagine killing that person and I just feel like her. That's what I do."

Emmerdale suggested that Meena had killed once before when they aired an episode that delved deeper into the villainous nurse's past.

Meena confided in Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen) during a heart-to-heart at the beauty salon, saying she regrets not doing more to help an old friend, Nadine, who wasn't happy.

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Meena explained that Nadine took her own life, but she was later seen reading an old newspaper clipping which hinted that she may not have shared the full story.

The headline of the newspaper read: "Woman found dead in suspicious circumstances," and went on to say that police suspected "foul play."

Could this kill come back to haunt her? And will Emmerdale reveal details of Meena's other off-screen murder? During our chat with Paige, she suggested Meena's downfall could be sparked by her tendency to keep trophies.

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"I think her greatest weakness in terms of her getting caught is the fact that she has this fascination with… when she's killed someone, when she's committed that crime, she needs to still be involved in it," Paige explained.

"She wants to take complete ownership of that crime and so watching people's reaction to that death and taking the token and being around those people."

"She's normally very clever and the fact that she's taken tokens from people and keeps them in a box and keeps herself around those people isn't very clever. She's like a moth to a flame and she can't draw herself away from that fire, even though it will eventually burn her."

Emmerdale continues on weekdays at 7pm on ITV.

Get to know Emmerdale actress Paige Sandhu in our interview, Soap Stars Coming Clean, here.

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