Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede has revealed details of Kirsty Soames’ labour in the Rovers Return.
The former policewoman will give birth prematurely in the pub next month after a row with Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle Keegan, induces an early labour, the actress told All About Soap magazine.
Tina is furious after she discovers Kirsty has told potential buyer Julie Carp that Jason Grimshaw is selling his flat, which could leave Tina homeless.
Natalie revealed: “Tina just goes mad and Kirsty continues to goad her, while playing innocent to the rest of the pub.
“Tina grabs Kirsty and there’s a scuffle – it’s not a proper fight, but Kirsty falls back on to a table. Tina just wants to make Kirsty listen, because she keeps walking away from her and laughing. It becomes apparent immediately that the baby is coming – the pain is acute and her waters break.”
Luckily for Kirsty, midwife Marcus Dent, played by Charlie Condou, is in the Rovers so he is on hand to help, and soon her fiance Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) arrives as well.
Natalie said: “Marcus is able to recognise that this tot is going to come pretty quickly.
“Kirsty’s a very strong character and she’s a tough cookie, while Marcus is great. Tyrone turns up as well, which helps immensely.”
As Kirsty and Tyrone take daughter Ruby to hospital, the rest of the street turn on Tina, blaming her for sparking Kirsty’s labour.
Natalie revealed: “Tina’s painted as the bad guy – from the outside, it looks like she’s attacked a pregnant lady. But Kirsty won’t be happy until she knows where Tyrone is every minute of the day.”