Who is Leanna Cavanagh in Emmerdale, who plays her and is she Maya Stepney’s daughter?

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TROUBLESOME teen Leanna Cavanagh is set to cause more problems for Maya Stepney and David Metcalfe in Emmerdale as her vendetta against the school teacher continues.

But who is the spoiled schoolgirl and why does she hate Maya so much? Here’s the tea on the doctor’s daughter…

Leanna Cavanagh hasn’t found herself far from controversy since arriving on the Dales

Who plays Leanna Cavanagh in Emmerdale?

Leanna Cavanagh is the daughter of the local GP Dr Liam Cavanagh on Emmerdale.

She is played by newcomer Mimi Slinger, whose only previous credit is Clara in Heidi: Queen of the Mountain from 2017.

Mimi joined the cast of the soap in March 2018, when the character was partnered with Jacob Gallagher for a science project.

Initially, it wasn’t clear that she was the daughter of Dr Cavanagh, until the part-time character suddenly appeared to take Leanna and Jacob to a science museum.

Leanne’s reputation as a troublemaker was enhanced when she persuaded Sarah Sugden to joyride in Joe Tate’s car.

What is Leanna’s relationship to Maya Stepney?

Leanna is the daughter of Maya’s estranged husband, Liam Cavanagh.

She was angry when Maya left her dad and began a relationship with David.

Leanna was furious when Maya told Jacob to stay away from her because she’s trouble.

She decided to get her own back on Maya by printing out leaflets claiming she’s a gold digger.

She also posted rumours about Maya online, causing Maya to call her out on it and tell her how horrible she is and how she came between her and Liam.

Leanna shocked Maya and Jacob by claiming Jacob was involved in the revenge plot.


What other trouble has she caused?

Leanne’s reputation as a troublemaker was enhanced when she persuaded Sarah Sugden to joyride in Joe Tate’s car.

They were joined by Noah Dingle and Jacob Gallagher, who Leanne impressed by calling school and getting him the day off by pretending to be David.

However, it all went pear-shaped when the police appeared, leaving them to make a frantic dash for safety.
While Leanne, Noah and Jacob all managed to get away, a breathless Sarah was collared by cops.

Emmerdale viewers became convinced Leanna is involved in the kidnapping of Amelia Spencer after she made a suspicious phone call while the schoolgirl was missing.

The teen acted shiftily when she received a flyer about the missing youngster from Bob Hope, and made a call on her mobile to the helpline trying to find Amelia.

With a glint in her eye, she said: “Hello? Yes, it’s about Amelia.

“Do I have any information? Well that depends whether or not there’s a reward.”

As she gave a small smirk, viewers took to Twitter to discuss the fact there could be a new twisted teen in the village, hot on the heels of Lachlan White.

One wrote: “She either knows who’s got Amelia or she has, or is she the one sending those messages? What’s people’s predictions?”

Another added: “This blonde girl is suspicious. I wouldn’t be surprised if she knew something about Amelia’s disappearance.”