When we met mom-of-two Rebecca Sarker in our exclusive interview and photo shoot with her and on-screen sister Paige Sandhu, she revealed that falling asleep on set was her most awkward moment on the ITV soap.
Rebecca has played Emmerdale resident GP Manpreet Sharma since 2018 and admitted there was a day she let her “professionalism” slip and dozed off while 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 in advance that they had done the same and I just said, ‘ No! I would never do that, I’m too professional. ‘”
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Laughing at the memory, the soap star added, “It was so welcoming, I couldn’t help it. I was awakened by the medical advisor who stroked my arm, telling me it was tea break time! Thankfully I wasn’t snoring. I would have been. mortified!”
Rebecca has made a name for herself as Manpreet – especially in recent months as tension builds between her and murderous sister Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) – but Emmerdale isn’t Rebecca’s first trip on the soap train.
The actress also played Nita Desai on Coronation Street between 1999 and 2000.
After 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 good to see Chris Bisson. [Jai Sharma] and Gaynor Faye [Megan Macey] when I started.
He continued: “Having two friendly faces made me feel like I belonged. I’ve also still been in touch with Kevin Kennedy since Corrie.”
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Read Paige and Rebecca’s full interview – and see all the shots from their commune OK! shoot – here. Emmerdale continues weekdays at 7pm on ITV.