‘I’ve had a lot of conversations with various producers over the years about why they can’t split Jimmy and Nicola up. And, basically, they just don’t think the audience would buy it,’ the Emmerdale star told Metro.co.uk. ‘Even if they’re not in a relationship like that, people understand it.’
The pair have been embroiled in no end of drama since getting married in 2010, with Jimmy – at one point – suffering amnesia and Nicola getting caught up in a house fire that left her with partial paralysis. Currently, the two of them have become embroiled in a tug-of-love over access to Jimmy’s son Carl following the reappearance of his birth mother Juliette.
But despite experiencing much misfortune over the past decade, Miles believes that there’s still a spark between henpecked Jimmy and the domineering Nico.
‘They still have so much energy and crackle in their relationship, even though it’s often a very destructive energy,; the actor told us. ‘They’re often tearing lumps out of each other.
‘But the fire keeps them together and I think we all know couples like that and enjoy celebrating them.
‘How many books have been written about Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor? That fire is something people relate to and understand. And I think that’s the secret to Jimmy and Nicola.’
And in a fictional world where couples are forever divorcing or stabbing each other in the back, front or any part of the anatomy within reach, the Emmerdale star believes that the light relief provided by the Kings ought to be celebrated:
‘They just have fun. Particularly when it comes to their hideous sex life. They know how to have a good time, as well as all the other things that they do to each other!’
Long live the Kings!
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