As we reported earlier this week, Max Branning (Jake Wood) is set to track down his estranged wife Kirsty in forthcoming episodes, however, it’s certainly not going to be a hearts and flowers reunion as poor Max will end up receiving a beating from Kirsty’s brother, Adam!
However, Kierston Wareing, who of course plays Kirsty, has revealed that Max’s reappearance in her character’s life causes her quite a shock, because she had thought things were well and truly over between herself and Max…
And justifiably so since Kirsty left Walford having handed Max the signed divorce papers that he’d been asking for.
But as mentioned, Max will go looking for Kirsty again after she sends him her wedding ring in the post. And though Max will tell his brother Jack (Scott Maslen) that he only wants to make sure Kirsty understands the damage she’s done to his life – because of course, Tanya (Jo Joyner) has kicked him out of their home and declared their marriage over – it soon becomes clear that Max has a rather different agenda.
Speaking to TV Choice magazine, Kierston – who’s also starred in The Take, Banged Up Abroad and Ken Loach’s film It’s A Free World – explained, “Kirsty had already accepted that their relationship was over…
“She’d gone back to her old life and was getting on with it. So all this really comes as quite a shock.”
She added, “She’s still in love with [Max]. It hurts her to see him like this. It brings back all the old feelings and they go in for a kiss.”
As mentioned above, Max will get a beating from Kirsty’s brother Adam, however, when we see that Kirsty is covered in bruises, it seems clear that she too has been on the receiving end of Adam’s temper…
However, sadly, Kierston was able to draw on her own real-life experiences of being physically abused for the storyline.
She said, “It’s very, very easy for me to do stuff like this. Immediately, I’m thinking about what I went through.
“Doing those scenes, I went straight back into the thought processes of how I felt.”
Brave Kierston added, “Anything negative that happens to you in life can be turned into a positive as far as acting is concerned.
“You can draw on your experiences – it’s far better than any research.”
On a lighter note, in tonight’s visit to Walford, we’ll see that the dirty tricks campaign that Zainab and Denise are waging in their respective bids to land a new manager’s job steps up a gear.
Here’s a sneak peek…