Hollyoaks Jessica Fox (Nancy Osbourne) discusses premature birth storyline!
Nancy drove both women to the men in their lives, before they finally managed to get the handcuffs removed and go their separate ways.
Lauren handed herself back into the police, but Mitzeee, who has now remembered that she didn’t stab Mercedes like she has been jailed for, continued on the run, and turned up on Riley’s (Rob Norbury) door step the day before yesterday where they ended up in bed together.
However, things are set to turn sour, not just for the escaped prisoner, but for her good friend Nancy too.
Fans of the award-winning Channel 4 soap will know how yesterday baby Bobby has gone missing from the McQueen residences, causing panic and accusations galore. The obvious person to blame in Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) eyes is Mitzeee, who is furious having found out that Riley betrayed her with Mitzeee.
We reported at the beginning of the week how in a TV appeal later this week, Mercedes accuses Mitzeee of kidnapping her son, meaning that the former glamour model is forced to run and hide away even deeper. She enlists the help of Nancy again, who is there for her friend, but whilst doing so, Nancy begins to feel stomach pains and ends up going into premature labour, at only 26 weeks pregnant!
Jessica Fox, who plays Nancy, has been discussing the plot line with Digital spy and when asked if Nancy has any hesitation in helping Mitzeee, the actress replied:
“None at all! I think Nancy’s attitude stems from everything that happened with her sister Becca when she was wrongly accused, sent to prison and ultimately murdered in jail. Because of that, she’s really desperate to get this right for Mitzeee – to get her out and take Mercedes down!
“I think the thing with Nancy is that she’s a bit like a dog with a bone. If she’s decided that she’s going to do something, it’s very difficult to change her mind. All her focus at the moment is on getting Mitzeee free and clearing her name.”
On the subject of her husband, Darren’s reaction when he finds out his heavily pregnant wife has been harbouring a criminal, she explained:
“He’s absolutely furious. Darren can’t believe that Nancy is going against the law, is running around and getting stressed – especially while she’s heavily pregnant. He urges her to put the baby first, but Nancy thinks he’s just being silly and wants him to stop nagging her. Nancy thinks she knows best, as Nancy always does.”
But things go horribly wrong:
“Well, she’s been feeling slightly off for a couple of days – she’s been a bit tired, dizzy and unwell. But she just thinks that’s part of the pregnancy and she’s got it into her head that now she’s had the 20-week scan, everything is going to be fine.
“When Nancy does start getting pains in her stomach, to begin with she just ignores them. But in the end she realises they’re getting more and more painful and she’ll have to go to hospital. That’s when the panic starts to set in.”
Jessica spent a lot of time researching premature births in order to do the story justice:
“Obviously there’s a bit of artistic licence that goes into the scripts, to make things more dramatic or to let the story flow better. But I did do a lot of reading about premature birth and premature babies – all the things that can go wrong and all the things that can go right.
“Myself and one of the writers actually had a meeting at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital. We spoke to one of the midwives who deals specifically with premature babies, which was really helpful.”
The actress goes on to explain how Darren (Ashley Taylor-Dawson) holds Nancy responsible for their at risk baby:
“Because the situation is so traumatic and scary, he doesn’t want to let Nancy know that’s how he feels. But being Darren, he can’t quite hide it! Nancy is very scared about the baby and doesn’t really pick up on the fact that Darren is behaving quite strangely at first.”
Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD.