‘I found out I was preg­nant hours be­fore giv­ing birth’

NAT’S ROLE IS A LABOUR OF LOVE

Daily Star Sunday - - WIRED - ■ by SU­SAN HILL ●

EM­MERDALE star Natalie J Robb was on blaz­ing form as her char­ac­ter gave birth while fire ripped through a barn. Natalie, 42, who has played Moira Din­gle for nearly nine years, ad­mit­ted she was ini­tially shocked when she heard what bosses had in store for her. Moira, and the view­ers, had no idea she was preg­nant un­til her wa­ters broke and she went into labour. Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to the Daily Star Sun­day about the sto­ry­line, Natalie said: “Of course it was a bit of a shock, but this is soa­p­land, and I’ve learnt to ex­pect the un­ex­pected. “I was able to speak to a lady who’d had a baby and didn’t know she was preg­nant. It was her fifth child and she said that af­ter­wards she felt a tremen­dous amount of guilt about all the things she’d done be­cause she didn’t know she was preg­nant.

“You’ll have a drink with­out think­ing about it and do things that you prob­a­bly shouldn’t have. The main thing is you feel very guilty and de­fen­sive as no­body be­lieves that you didn’t know.”

Natalie ar­rived in the vil­lage in 2009 with on-screen hus­band John and their three chil­dren Holly, Adam and Han­nah. John, played by James Thorn­ton, was killed off in 2012 which led to the exit of the cou­ple’s daugh­ters.

She is now pre­par­ing her­self for the de­par­ture of Adam Thomas, 30, who plays her son. She added: “I’m gut­ted. He told me a while be­fore he de­cided to leave. He needs to tread the boards and see what else is out there.

“They’re keep­ing the door open so hope­fully he’ll pop back at some point. I’ve known him a long time – we worked to­gether on Water­loo Road.

“He’s like a son to me and I’m re­ally go­ing to miss him.”

Natalie is also short­listed for Sex­i­est Fe­male at this year’s Inside Soap Awards.

She joked: “It’s ridicu­lous. Have you seen how they make me look on the show? I wear very lit­tle make-up and frumpy clothes.

“It’s very flat­ter­ing and I think a lot of women can re­late to not be­ing done up all the time, but I won’t hold my breath.”

Em­merdale con­tin­ues to­mor­row on ITV at 7pm.

WHAT do you call a dog that does magic?

A Labra­cadabrador! A MAN jumps into a taxi and says: “Water­loo please.”

The driver says: “The sta­tion?”

The man replies: “Well I’m a bit late for the bat­tle.”

“Your place or mine?”

“Both. You go to yours and I’ll go to mine.” “GUILT”: Natalie

■ SHOCK: Debbie, Si­mon and baby Ron­nie

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