Fans of Hollyoaks were left gobsmacked last week when the father of Tegan Lomax’s baby was revealed to be none other than Fraser Black, and now according to Jessica Ellis who plays her, things are set to get even more complicated.
We were first introduced to Tegan (Jessica Ellis) when she turned up at the same labour ward as Diane O’Connor (Alex Fletcher), about to give birth to a baby she had no idea she was expecting.
The frightened young mum turned out to be the middle child of new family on the block, the Lomax’s, but up until now she had been adamant that she was not going to reveal who the father of her child was.
Producers of the show had hinted that the man responsible for baby Rose was a village resident, with the prime suspect being Dennis Savage (Joe Tracini) but we were all left a little bewildered when, after being attacked on her way to find him, Tegan confessed to village gangster Fraser Black (Jesse Birdsall) that the baby was in fact his.
Ever since Fraser arrived in the village of Hollyoaks it was very clear that not many people knew exactly who he was, and many, including Tegan’s Inspector Detective mum Sam, had befriended the hardened criminal believing that he is an upstanding member of the community.
So, we can only imagine what sort of damage this revelation could do to his reputation, should the truth ever find its way out, and according to Jessica Ellis who plays Tegan there is still much more of this story to come, as she has been explaining to Digital Spy:
“I knew that Tegan was having a baby and I always thought that the father would be someone in the village. If it hadn’t been, it would have just been a waste of an opportunity.
“I found out when I was having my one-on-one character meeting and I said, ‘Who’s my baby daddy? I just want to know!’ They agreed to tell me but said they hadn’t told him yet! When they told me it was Jesse Birdsall, I was like, ‘Oh my God – I used to watch him in Eldorado!’ I was on the phone to my mum straight away to tell her. This was before I’d even started filming.”
“Once I started filming, I started seeing Jesse in the corridor and then we had this moment in the green room where we both looked at each other thinking, ‘Do you know what I know?’ He’s been brilliant to work with and we’ve had a lot of fun.
“The first scenes we filmed together were not the College Coffee ones where Tegan and Fraser were seen interacting for the first time, our first scenes were the reveal ones. We filmed them ages ago, so my first day with Jesse was all the full-on scenes of the reveal.
“At first when it came out that the father of the baby was someone in the village, nobody mentioned Fraser’s name. That was really good, but then there was the episode with Tony’s celebration at College Coffee, where Tegan had a brief moment with Fraser.
“Fraser was only asking Tegan how her mum was, but when that happened, there were quite a few people wondering how Tegan and Fraser knew each other and speculating a bit! But there were also people suggesting that the father could be Dennis or Trevor. So there were a few people suggesting Fraser, but not many.
“The Fraser story goes in a really interesting direction. All I can say is that she is not fully aware of the extent of what Fraser does. Whether that’s a conscious choice to turn a blind eye, or whether she’s genuinely not in the loop, I’m not sure yet.
“The objective behind anything that Tegan does in regards to Fraser is all down to Rose, so she gets a bit nasty and tells a few lies when he’s horrible to her. She tells a few fibs and tries to get him into trouble. It’s definitely going to be an ongoing thing.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD.