Who is Priya Kotecha in Emmerdale and will she ever get lucky in love?

Priya Kotecha didn’t have much fun in her time in Emmerdale, but we always hope that something good for her could be just around the corner! So who is Priya and what trouble has she gotten into since arriving in the village in 2009?

Priya Kotecha in Emmerdale: who is she and who is her family?

Priya Kotecha in Emmerdale is the daughter of Rishi Sharma and Georgia Sharma and the younger sister of Nikhil and Jai.


Priya wasn’t very lucky (Credit: ITV)

She arrived in Emmerdale in 2009 when she was a real party girl and lived it with her buddy Eli Dingle. She left for a while and when she returned to the village in 2010 – this time played by Fiona Wade – she was thrown into their first unhappy love affair.

Priya’s damn romances

An unhappy romance with Cain Dingle was the first for Priya, but their affair ended when she discovered he had made Amy Wyatt pregnant.

Next, Priya fell head over heels in love with David Metcalfe, and the couple began a romance. But that wasn’t easy either. David was married to Alicia Metcalfe even though their relationship was a fake.

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They had decided to tie the knot before Alicia went to jail for fear that her son Jacob Gallagher would return to his birth father. So David and Alicia said, ‘I do’ and Jacob stayed with his infatuated stepfather.


Priya is one of David Metcalfe’s many exes (Credit: ITV)

After Alicia was out of the nick and she and David’s marriage was over, Priya and David became engaged. But when Cameron Murray held up the Woolpack in an armed siege, poor Alicia was shot. David took her to the hospital and it was clear that the couple had feelings for each other.

And so he cursed poor Priya on her wedding day.

Priya’s Pregnancy and Eating Disorder

After David happily loved Alicia, Priya discovered she was pregnant with his baby. She struggled through her pregnancy because she had an eating disorder and had a dramatic birth. But luckily, Baby Amba was soon fighting fit and Priya recovered.


Priya married Rakesh (Image credit: ITV)

Desperate for a happy ending, Priya decided to enter into an arranged marriage with the handsome older man Rakesh Kotecha.

Things keep getting worse for Priya Kotecha in Emmerdale

Rakesh soon proved completely untrustworthy. He faked paternity test results to mislead son Kirin that he wasn’t the father of Vanessa Woodfield’s baby Johnny. Then he helped Kirin escape the country when he ran over Tess Harris and killed him.

And then, crippled by debt, Rakesh burned Mill Cottage for insurance, with Nicola King seriously injured and even beginning to embezzle funds from the Sharmas’ business. And Priya stood with her husband all the time.

After Rakesh got involved in the shady business of the white people, Priya decided that enough was enough and ran him out of the village.

Priya takes revenge on Maya Stepney

Priya was the one who revealed that Jacob Gallagher had been cared for and abused by teacher Maya Stepney when she saw Jacob and Maya kiss. Priya, along with Tracy Metcalfe and Leyla Harding, all took revenge on Maya and Leyla hit her on the head with a stone.

Love triangle with Priya Kotecha, Al Chapman and Ellis Chapman

Priya began a romance with Shift Al Chapman, but she was devastated when Debbie Dingle returned to the village and revealed that Al was sleeping with her too.


Al cheated (Credit: ITV)

The women had teamed up to steal Tate from Kim and blame Al for the crime. But Al found out what they were up to. Debbie fled, but Priya forgave Al. But she later slept with his son Ellis after Al fired her.

Will Priya ever get lucky in love?

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