In what’s been yet another incredible year for Emmerdale, Aaron Livesy and Jackson Walsh’s touching romance has stolen the show. So it’s no surprise that super-talented stars Danny Miller and Marc Silcock have won the awards for Best Actor and Best Newcomer, in recognition of their performances.
“This is the first acting award I’ve ever won, so it means something special,” beams Marc.
“I’m over the moon,” grins an equally thrilled Danny. “Thank you to all the readers and viewers who voted. They’re the one’s who really matter.”
After admitting he was gay, Aaron embarked on a relationship with builder Jackson and their on-screen pairing gained the boys a loyal fan following.
“They’re two normal lads who just happen to be gay,” insists Marc. “When people think of Emmerdale couples they instantly picture Aaron and Jackson – it’s a real compliment.”
The actors also credit their firm off-screen friendship for helping to create that special on-screen chemistry. “Danny and I work together every single day, so it would be a bit of an odd one if we didn’t get along,” chuckles Marc.
“We’re always having a laugh, and exchanging tongue-in-cheek banter over Twitter, but if you think that’s bad you should see what we do to one another in the green room!”
It might be all fun and games in real life, but Aaron and Jackson’s happiness was threatened when a tragic train crash left Jackson wheelchair-bound and their young relationship was ripped apart.
“I was nervous when our late producer Gavin Blyth (who sadly died, aged 41, last November), told me that Jackson would end up tetraplegic, because it was such a massive challenge,” admits Marc. “But him putting his faith in me to do it justice meant the world.”
“Gav was such an inspiration to me,” agrees Danny. “I want to dedicate this award to him, because he’s the person who created Aaron.”
The harsh reality of Jackson’s disability caused the pair to split, only to be reunited when Aaron finally uttered three little words.
“I think it was a bit of a relief for all of us when Aaron said, ‘I love you,’ to Jackson,” laughs Marc.
“It’s a real sign of how far Aaron has come as a character,” adds Danny, “that he’s established connection with Jackson. But I don’t want the viewers to get too stuck on a new mature Aaron – he’ll be tipped over the edge soon!”
There was another tragic twist to the tale when Aaron secretly saw Jackson’s video diary and learnt that his boyfriend was feeling suicidal.
Danny admits this devastating discovery will have a lasting impact on Aaron: “He blames himself for Jackson’s situation, but knows he’s got to prove to him that his life is worth living – you don’t need the use of your arms and legs to have fun.”
With rumours rife in the press of Aaron and Jackson’s momentous journey heading towards a possible assisted suicide, both boys are tight-lipped on the matter. But whichever way things pan out, Marc promises that viewers are in for a treat.
“Whatever people think they’ve seen before will pale in comparison. From every single perspective, I promise you it’s all to come – Aaron and Jackson’s story will go down in Emmerdale history!”
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