There is heartbreak in store for Lindsey Butterfield and Joe Roscoe when they lose their unborn baby in an upcoming Hollyoaks storyline.
Fans of the award-winning Channel 4 soap will know how Lindsey was surprised to discover that she was pregnant a few months ago and even considered a termination fearing that she and Joe (Aydan Callaghan) were not ready to be parents.
However, getting over their fears, the pair decided to keep the baby and have been happily preparing ever since, desperately looking forward to their new arrival.
But their happiness is set to turn to despair when a car accident involving Lindsey and Frankie Osborne (Helen Pearson) sees the young trainee doctor miscarry her unborn baby.
Discussing the new storyline with Digital Spy, Sophie Austin who plays Lindsey explained how delighted she was with being given such a big plot:
“I’ve been really chuffed with all of the storylines that I’ve been given, as well as future material that we’re filming at the moment. I couldn’t have asked for a better start in the show.
“This storyline in particular was quite scary at first, because I really wanted to make it believable and as good as it could be. It’s a very emotional story which is great as an actress, but you also need to make sure that you’re respecting people who’ve been through it in real life. I’ve had a few people close to me who have been through this kind of experience, so I’ve been able to gently ask them for help.
“It’s also a great opportunity for myself and Ayden [Callaghan, who plays Joe] on screen, as it’s our first big thing as a couple. It’s been a really good chance to show the relationship more and develop it. It’s taken a lot out of both of us as we had a week of filming some very heavy stuff, but it’s a great challenge.”
On how her character deals with the loss, she continued:
“It’s a hard one, because with the job that she does, Lindsey is quite good at putting her war paint on and getting on with things. At first there’s fleeting moments where she has a breakdown, but then she tries to act as though everything is fine.
“With the way Lindsey’s relationship with Joe develops and the stories which develop on from this, there’ll be some great scenes where both characters break down so badly. Those were so brilliant to film, especially as Lindsey starts to feel as though she can let her guard down more with Joe. The story doesn’t just finish with the loss of the baby and the shock of it, it actually leads on to a lot of things for both characters.”
But there is a bigger twist to the tale when it transpires that Joe’s brother Ziggy (Fabrizio Santino) hasn’t serviced Frankie’s car properly, and as Sophie explains Lindsey is looking for someone to blame:
“I think Lindsey is definitely looking to blame somebody. It’s the first time something like this has happened to her, so she’s extremely angry at Frankie, and that comes out quite a bit. She’s not best pleased with her, put it that way!”
“Ziggy doesn’t admit to it [forgetting to service the car], but it’s really awful for him. All of those Roscoe boys have really good hearts, regardless of how they act out. Ziggy sees Lindsey as like a sister, so he feels tremendous guilt. It’s quite sad, because it wasn’t intentional at all, and Ziggy could never have imagined that it would lead to this. But Lindsey doesn’t find out about that. Maybe she will later on, who knows?”
And that isn’t the only drama surrounding the Roscoe’s as it turns out that Jack (Jimmy McKenna) could in fact be Joe’s father (which we predicted yonks ago by the way):
“Lindsey is quite shielded from that situation, because she is dealing with the loss of the baby. She’s involved at first, as she hears Ruby telling Ziggy that it’s a possibility. Lindsey wants to go straight to Joe to tell him this because she doesn’t want to lie to him, but that’s when she gets hit by the car. Lindsey’s involvement then gets sidelined. It’s quite sad, because she can’t be there for Joe as much as she’d like to be.”
And of course there is the ever apparent underlining secret love that Freddie (Charlie Clapham) has for Lindsey to throw into the mix too, of which she commented:
“I think she’s totally in the dark. I absolutely love Freddie and Lindsey’s relationship. Charlie who plays Freddie is absolutely brilliant at every single look he does in those scenes. But I think Lindsey just sees Freddie as her best friend. She confides in him a lot about what’s happened with the baby, but she’d be quite devastated if she knew how he really feels, because she’d feel like she was losing him as a brother.
“Freddie is quite good at hiding his feelings, I think. If he ever had a long, suspicious look, Lindsey would probably think he’d just done something wrong and was trying to hide it!”
Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD