Emmerdale’s Jonny McPherson suffers “bruised palms” on set with Samantha Giles

They are trying to stop laughing

Samantha Giles digs her fingernails into her hands to stop herself from spoiling Emmerdale scenes by laughing.

The 47-year-old actress’ co-star Jonny McPherson – who plays Doctor Liam Cavanagh – has also taken on the tactic to stop himself from cracking up during filming, and he has been left with “bruised palms” as a result.

Samantha’s co-star Jonny McPherson says she digs her fingers into her palms to stop herself from laughing during scenes (Credit: SplashNews)

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Speaking about shooting scenes with Samantha (Bernice Blackstock), he said: “It would be easier to count the ones where we have kept a straight face.

“Once Sam has gone, that’s it. She has a tactic of digging her fingernails into the palm of her hand to stop her from laughing, which I’ve adopted.

“I have bruised palms by the end of a scene. She’s a terrible influence.”

Jonny says he and Samantha are “really comfortable with each other” (Credit: ITV)

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Jonny insists he and Sam are “never” awkward when they are filming intimate scenes because they are “good friends”.

He added to Inside Soap magazine: “On the first day of a new job you might have to kiss someone, and it can be very peculiar situation to stick yourself in.

“But Sam and I are good friends, and we’re really comfortable with each other.”

Corrie’s Simon Gregson says that co-star Ben Price (pictured) has a similar technique using toothpicks (Credit: SplashNews)

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And Sam and Jonny aren’t the only soap stars who inflict pain on themselves to stop cracking up in a scene.

Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson – who plays Steve McDonald on the ITV soap – recently revealed his co-star Ben Price (Nick Tilsley) has to stab himself with a toothpick to stop himself laughing.

He said: “I love working with Chris Gascoyne and Ben Price, before now Ben has had to have a toothpick to stick in his hand to stop him laughing in a scene.”

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