Emmerdale’s Zoe Henry: Rhona will never be the same again

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The actress says her character will never recover from being abused.

Emmerdale Rhona

Emmerdale star Zoe Henry has warned soap fans that her character Rhona Goskirk will never be the same again after escaping an abusive relationship.

The actress takes centre stage next week when her case against Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather) goes to trial, but Henry said that she did not think Rhona could ever go back to how she was before experiencing the abuse.

Rhona was manipulated, bullied and raped by Pierce while they were together, including an attack on their wedding day, and the character is terrified of facing her ex in court.

Emmerdale Rhona
Rhona is up in court (Amy Brammall/ITV)

“I don’t think we’ll ever see her again because no one can go through what she’s been through and be unchanged by it.

“It’s a life-changing, awful experience – I think Rhona’s probably changed for good.”

Emmerdale Pierce
She will face attacker Pierce (Amy Brammall/ITV)

Henry said: “Rhona is historically a very strong woman which is why this storyline has been so fascinating to watch – Rhona isn’t a weakling, she’s not a pushover, so it’s interesting to see how somebody so strong can be brought down.


“She has to look inside herself and find the old Rhona, but it’s the worst morning of her life, without question.”

Emmerdale Rhona and Pierce
The abusive relationship has had a lasting effect on Rhona (Amy Brammall/ITV)

Henry said: “Jeff’s a sensitive actor and my partner and he knows how seriously I take my work and I know how seriously he takes his.

“It’s the little things, really – it’s coming home from work and he’s made me dinner, or put the washing on, or is playing with the kids while I’m learning lines.


“His time is now and he’s got a busy summer ahead so it’s my turn to repay the favour.

“That’s hopefully the standard marriage situation, whatever your job.”

The actress added that she was proud of being part of a big storyline.

Emmerdale Pierce
Will Pierce manage to convince the court? (Amy Brammall/ITV)

“It’s affirmation that we’re doing our jobs well, but it’s quite humbling, really.

“I am not an expert on this issue, but I am a human with a big heart and I can recognise that this is awful.

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Rhona has been changed by the experience (ITV)

Rhona and Pierce’s court battle airs on Emmerdale on ITV from July 24.

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