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Emmerdale star Jurell Carter has opened up on why his character Nate Robinson chooses to sacrifice himself for his aunt, Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper).
Previously in the ITV soap, we saw Jamie Tate’s (Alexander Lincoln) plans to destroy ex-lover Belle, after discovering that, not only had she been playing him for months, but she’d also reported him to the police for the hit-and-run which had left Moira Dingle (Natalie J Robb) fighting for her life.
Jamie has taken the opportunity to blame Belle for the crime, and she later switched the contents of two vials of veterinary drugs that he keeps in his car as revenge.
Following this, Jamie has set a plan against Belle in motion – and only time will tell what he has in store for her.
Jurell has now revealed that his character, Nate, will take the rap to avoid Belle from going to prison if she was to be found guilty, due in part to her mental health issues.
He explained to Metro.co.uk: ‘Jamie has framed Belle in this whole situation, and he sees Belle’s deteriorating health. If he [Nate] doesn’t take the rap, Belle will go to prison. So he will take the rap.’
When asked if Nate decides to do this to get ‘approval’ from Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and to get along with him, the actor responded: ‘No, I think it’s because of his relationship with Belle, he doesn’t take [that] into consideration.
‘But he’s not considering that, he just has love and care for Belle. Initially it’s literally about Belle’s mental health, he just wants to help her out.’
Jurell suggested that Nate may not have thought through his decision clearly, due in part to ‘his life, career, family situation,’ although he does mention that if he does take the blame, this will be his first offense as he does not have a criminal record.
He continued: ‘He mentions that if he takes the rap then Belle doesn’t have to go down. He initially thinks because it’s his first offence and he’s pleading guilty, he thinks it’s months rather than years.’
When asked if Nate knew about Belle’s struggles with her mental health, Jurell added: ‘No, I think he knew she had struggles but not the extent of what she was dealing with.
‘Even in a scene with Nate and Sam [Dingle; James Hooton] where he goes into detail about her trying to kill herself – it’s a massive surprise.
‘He has real compassion and wants to be there for her.’
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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