Jessica plays Nancy Osbourne, the estranged wife of Ashley’s character Darren in the Channel 4 soap, and shared how impressed she was with his busy schedule.
She said: “He’s doing amazingly. I’m on coffee duty, so my job is to bring a constant round of coffees for Ashley, but I’m very proud of him, I think we all are.
“I don’t know how he does it, he comes into work first thing in the morning, works his socks off all day, does interviews at lunch, then has an hour with his baby, goes training until one in the morning and then gets up and does it all again the next day. I take my hat off to him, he’s doing wonderfully.”
Ashley dances with professional partner Ola Jordan on Strictly and has become one of the viewers’ favourite contestants this series.
Jessica said she’d love to watch him at one of the live shows, but hadn’t had the chance yet: ” Not yet, there’s a priority list so obviously family’s got to go first.”
Talking about Ashley’s new baby, she said: “I haven’t met Mason yet but I’ve seen lots of pictures of him and videos. He’s a very proud dad and he’s a beautiful baby.”