The 18-year-old actress has departed the Dales after her character Leanna Cavanagh was pushed to her death over a humpbacked bridge by Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) last night (08.07.21), and while the star decided to quit the ITV soap to pursue other opportunities, she feels “sad” to be leaving her co-stars.
She said: “I am glad that the secret is out – I knew back in December that Leanna would meet an untimely death but I wasn’t told any other details until just before the scripts were published.
“It has been hard not to let on to anyone. I am sad to be leaving the ‘Emmerdale’ family on one hand but so excited by what may be in store in the future – I am so excited by the storyline and the opportunity that I have been given to bring some drama to the Dales.
“It has been so difficult to keep the secret – of my decision to leave ‘Emmerdale’ to pursue other opportunities, but also the secret of my demise. I am quite good at keeping secrets generally but this has been particularly tricky because so many people do ask me frequently about my plans for the future.”
Mimi was “shocked” when producer Jane Hudson revealed Leanna was going to be killed off.
She said: “I had taken the decision to leave the Dales and I was so looking forward to hearing how the producers were going to engineer my exit.
“When Jane Hudson told me about my storyline, I have to say that I was shocked but so excited to be given the opportunity to be challenged and show my acting abilities.
“Of course, it is a very sad storyline and has been very emotional for me!”
Mimi’s final scenes were disrupted due to adverse weather conditions, and her last bit of filming on the soap was “extremely emotional”.
She added: “My last day on set was unplanned. We had to abandon filming in the village for my final scene from the previous week, due to torrential rain.
“I was called in (on my father’s birthday) to film and it was extremely emotional.
“My last scene was actually the last scene that will air on tv of me, which of course added to the many emotions I felt that day. I must say that I had shed many tears as I had read the scripts – it’s certainly strange to read about your death in advance!
“As soon as we wrapped, Paul Copeland, the fantastic director of these episodes, made a speech and I was given some gifts by the amazing production team.
“My dad (Jonny McPherson) and Jacob (Joe Warren Plant) were filming in the village that day too, so I got to say a final goodbye to them.”