Emmerdale star Chris Bisson has revealed that he shed real tears while filming an ’emotionally challenging’ storyline.

The actor – who became a father in real life earlier this month – admitted he found it all too easy to empathise with his alter-ego Jai Sharma, who has been struggling to look after his prematurely-born son Archie, while mother Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten) suffers from a life-threatening infection.

“There was one scene in which Jai was allowed into the intensive care unit to see his baby for the first time. We were using this little prosthetic doll, which was all wired up on the cot, so that its chest was moving up and down to make it look like it was breathing,” he told Hello magazine.

The 37-year-old former Shameless star continued: “Jai was supposed to pull himself together, walk outside and burst into tears. But I burst into tears before the end of the scene. I said to the director, ‘I think you’ll have to use that take because I don’t think I can do that again’. It was 12 hours a day filming an emotionally challenging storyline.”

Chris, who welcomed son Harry with partner Rowena Finn, is glad that his own experiences of fatherhood have been easier than Jai’s.

“Having a child is such a wonderful thing. I’m just glad that my real-life story hasn’t been anywhere near as trying as the one I’ve been portraying on screen,” he said.