Anderson told Digital Spy's Daniel Kilkelly that Alicia dotes on her son and "loves him to pieces", but things between her and her husband were strained when they first arrived.Anderson called Alicia "a strong family woman", who wanted to be a good wife and mother.Alicia came to the village to warn her sister, Leyla, not to attend their recently deceased mother's funeral.

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Anderson told the reporter, "She's bold and she's brassy and she does have quite a hard exterior. She is like a lioness of her pride, she will protect her family from anything." Alicia was not happy to see her estranged sister, Leyla, but Anderson did not think Alicia hated Leyla.

She said "Alicia is the older, more dominant sister who has the potential to spoil everything Leyla has created in the village." The actress told Hendry that Alicia was not based on anyone in particular, but a type of girl who is often seen hanging around the city centre.

She added that Alicia was quite unlike herself and she was excited to be seen in a different light.

On , it was announced that Anderson had quit the show and Alicia made her final on-screen appearance on 10 September 2015.

Of her casting, Anderson commented "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the show.

It'll be wonderful to be working back home in Yorkshire again.I'm a Yorkshire girl so a part in Emmerdale is a dream come true!'I wasn't uncomfortable - as long as it wasn't too rough...Alicia Dawn Metcalfe (also Harding and Gallagher) is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Natalie Anderson.She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 11 August 2010.Alicia was introduced as the sister of established character Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi).