Bob declares his love to a stunned Laurel! But, says Charlotte Bellamy, the muddled mum isn’t sure she can respond in kind… Will she give their bizarre romance a chance?
Bob Hope and Laurel Thomas’ feelings for one another have taken us all by surprise. After all, he’s made a pretty big song and dance about getting married to Brenda Walker. But his feelings for Laurel have blossomed and, when he fears she’s died, he declares his love. ‘Laurel doesn’t want to hurt Brenda,’ actress Charlotte Bellamy tells Soaplife.‘ But since they slept together, there’s been a strong connection.’ Is it the end for Bob and Brenda?
Why has Laurel fallen for Bob?
He’s a breath of fresh air. After being a carer to Ashley Thomas for so long, it’s nice to spend time with someone who makes her laugh and who has the energy that Bob has. It brings her to life and it makes her feel really good about herself.
Did she fancy Bob before they slept together or are these new feelings?
No, she didn’t see him in that way. It was a kind of impulsive thing where they were finding comfort in each other.
What about Brenda?
She feels terrible about betraying Brenda. She’s a good person, a mother and a selfless woman. She hasn’t chosen this path on purpose. In soap, you have to keep twisting and turning a character or else it gets a bit boring. After being this Florence Nightingale for so long, you need to spice it up a bit.
Tell us about the moment that Bob declares his love for Laurel...
Jimmy King accidentally reverses his car into Laurel and she breaks her arm. Bob thinks she’s been killed! It makes him realise how much he cares for her and he goes to her house to express himself. She feels the same and it’s fireworks. They kiss, but they don’t know Brenda is walking up the path!
Does Laurel want to be with Bob?
She says she doesn’t want to break up a family and she means that wholeheartedly.
Could they be good together?
Yes, but when you’ve been in a couple so long, like Laurel has with Ashley, it’s sometimes hard to see your character with somebody else. The audience will tell us if they think it has any potential.
What will Ashley actor John Middleton think?!
I hear that he approves. He’s probably pleased I’m not with a 25-year-old hunk! I’m obviously not saying that Bob actor Tony Audenshaw isn’t a hunk! Bob’s a lovely character who’s adored by the public, so John would think I was in safe hands.
What advice would give to Laurel?
Don’t do it Laurel!