Loads that were guaranteed to make me cry and I didn’t even stock up on tissues, how silly of me!! Haha. He started off talking about his early life, where he began, how he got into acting, how he finally persuaded his mum to let him go on a lads holiday at 17 and then he ended up getting a phone call for the Emmerdale audition and flew back (he said a married couple wished him luck on the plane and said they hope to see him on tv one day and I fully choked on my tears).
He spoke about how much he loves and enjoys what he does despite the 20,000 miles on the M62, how the drama makes the show and that’s his favourite to play, how each character has their story but “well, maybe not Adam” (hahaha I love them two and their cat fights), how robron has created a huge love (of course that was gonna be brought up somewhere), how he was only supposed to be in 12 eps and now he literally is king of Emmerdale - well he didn’t say that but we all told him and applauded him on how much of a success he’s achieved and brought to the show whilst he smiled like a soft smol bean who is way too humble and kind hearted to be on this earth.The sobs got louder when he moved on to talking about Once Upon A Smile and how it’s his pride and joy. How it started out with the sad loss of Gavin that hit him hard, how he was at the funeral and saw the two separate families not speaking to each other and thought something needs to be done here. It started with financial support and moved onto real emotional support. He started telling stories from families and children and people who’ve lost their spouse who he’s helped over the years (it really was so sad but I don’t want to be the one to tell someone else’s story so I’ll leave that out) and then he mentioned the Manchester terrorist attack and kinda had to slow down his speech a little and that’s when it got real moving and I started thinking about anything and everything and to cut a long story short I wanted to bawl my eyes out but kept my cool as much as possible because precious makeup ygm?!??
Then finally he talked about his family and how he wouldn’t be here without them (he had his brother with him today it was cute), he gave the cutest most emotional speech about how anything is possible and then with so much commendation and admiration from the host (who I swear was more of a stan than us lmao) he said however modest he may be, however much he loves being at Emmerdale and hopes to be there 5 years+ down the line, if he isn’t then ultimately he’s ok because the charity is everything and then I was a mess snivelling and feeling like a proper proud mother. Hearing him tell his personal stories to a room full of (his words) wonderful ladies who love him and are inspired by his work, there was just something v special about it! ❤️