Emmerdale fans in meltdown as Jai and Manpreet’s past soap link unearthed

Emmerdale fans might be surprised to know that Jai Sharma and stepmother Manpreet share a huge soap past.

Their soap link was unearthed in a recent Twitter post, but it wasn’t in the Dales that their paths crossed initially.

It was in fact rival soap Coronation Street that cast members Rebecca Sarker and Chris Bisson first worked together.

Over on Emmerdale, Manpreet is married to Jai’s father Rishi, after a whirlwind romance.

But this isn’t the first time the actors have played members of the same family, with the pair playing siblings over on Corrie.

Nita Desai and brother Vikram Desai were on the soap in the 1990s, and were the cousins of existing character Dev Alahan.

Many Emmerdale fans hadn’t noticed the link when Rebecca first joined and began playing the role of Jai’s stepmother, whether it’s because they didn’t watch Corrie then or had simply forgotten.

But Corrie shared a throwback snap of the pair on Twitter recently, following sad news about Dev’s uncle, former character Ravi.

After Dev learned his uncle, the father of Nita and Vikram, was dying, the soap tweeted an old photo of the trio with the caption: “Who remembers Dev's uncle Ravi? Here he is with Vikram and Nita outside the corner shop!”

Viewers were in meltdown after seeing the snap, and realising who the characters and the actors who played them were.

One fan said: “Oh look its Jai from Emmerdale.. and Jay's dad’s gf lol.”

Another tweeted: “They look suspiciously like Jai and Manpreet from @emmerdale.”

A third said: “So Jai and Manpreet have a past,” as a fourth added: “OMG @ChrisBisson and @SarkerRebecca!”

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.

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