Coronation Street’s Natalie Gumede says her co-star Alan Halsall helped her calm down after filming their first domestic violence scene – by brewing a pot of tea.
The actress’s character, policewoman Kirsty Soames, is violent towards fiance Tyrone Dobbs (played by Alan) after she loses her job, and Natalie admitted the storyline has been gruelling.
She wrote on her Coronation Street blog: “The first time she hits him was a very traumatic day for me – even though I didn’t actually hit Alan, the intensity of emotion we both reached was such that I left the set shaking – it took a cup of tea and and a Kit Kat made by Mr Halsall himself to calm me down (yep, he’s lovely in real life too!).
“When I got home, I slept for three hours in the middle of the afternoon and awoke still drained from the day’s events.”
Natalie, who picked up the Best Newcomer gong at the British Soap Awards, said the arrival of Kirsty’s parents will help explain the way she acts.
“There is a very clear correlation between her father’s behaviour towards her, and her behaviour towards Tyrone; therein the circle of abuse continues,” she said.
“Alan and I are able to leave Kirsty and Tyrone on set at the end of the day, but this storyline will hopefully raise awareness for those who aren’t so lucky.”