Moira’s baby shock – we dis­cuss!

NATALIE J ROBB AND DALES BOSS IAIN MA­CLEOD CAN FI­NALLY SPILL THE BEANS ON MOIRA’S BABY TWIST…

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Cain is set to be a key player in Moira’s life again” NATALIE

While go­ing into labour was the last thing Moira ex­pected when trapped in a blaz­ing row with Emma, there’s ev­ery chance it ac­tu­ally saved her life.

Un­til Moira roared that the baby about to be born was Emma’s grand­son, the crazed nurse seemed set on leav­ing her to burn in the barn fire.

This dra­matic sto­ry­line twist came as a mas­sive shock – to ev­ery­one apart from Natalie J Robb (Moira) and Em­merdale’s se­ries pro­ducer Iain Ma­cleod, of course! Now it’s time for the pair to break their si­lence…

Con­grat­u­la­tions on both man­ag­ing to keep quiet for so long! When did you find out Moira was preg­nant?

Natalie About four months ago – I thought, ‘Here we go again’! But it’s great. I’m lucky and grate­ful to be a part of this, and it’s a nice sur­prise after Moira los­ing Holly. My big­gest con­cern was how Moira wouldn’t know that she was preg­nant after hav­ing three kids al­ready! So I did some re­search, and it does hap­pen – I met a lady who had her fifth child with­out re­al­is­ing she was ex­pect­ing.

Iain We were al­ways wor­ried that view­ers might think we’d made it up be­cause we needed a big twist, but from the mo­ment Moira slept with Pete, we laid a trail…

Natalie We added a few things into the per­for­mance – mainly the tired­ness Moira was suf­fer­ing. She fainted a few months ago, and that was the start. But no­body guessed!

So is Pete def­i­nitely the dad?

Iain Wait and see! Moira could be for­given for say­ing any­thing while in the burn­ing barn.

She’s not ly­ing, but the truth is more com­pli­cated. When you look back at the time­line, there might be other sus­pects. But we won’t be telling a pro­tracted ‘Who’s the daddy?’ story…

How would you feel if the fa­ther was Cain?

Natalie Math­e­mat­i­cally Cain could be the dad – but

ro­man­ti­cally, I’m plead­ing the Fifth! Cain has al­ready been get­ting the cal­en­dar out and count­ing on his fin­gers. And he’s set to be a key player in Moira’s life for at least the next six months. I love work­ing with Jeff [Hord­ley, who plays Cain], so if it goes that way, great. But you never know!

We’ve al­ready seen Moira strug­gling – is los­ing Holly set to af­fect how she copes?

Natalie She doesn’t re­ally cope. It’s not easy for her…

Iain It’s a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Holly story in that los­ing her daugh­ter cre­ates a big shadow over Moira’s abil­ity to bond with the child and be happy.

Are you en­joy­ing work­ing on set with a baby?

Natalie He’s a dream – when he’s handed to me for film­ing, he opens his eyes on cue. Ap­par­ently his grand­fa­ther is Scot­tish, so he must like the dul­cet tones of my voice!

Bat­tered and bruised Moira has strug­gled to come to terms with her fourth child

Emma crashed a truck into the barn to res­cue Moira…

…and helped de­liver a baby boy next to the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ferno

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