Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh has had to deal with some pretty dark storylines during her time on the cobbles, but none of them will hit as close to home as her latest.
Back in 2009, the much-loved actress sadly lost her baby son Archie, after her was born prematurely at just 21 weeks.
Now her character, Michelle O'Connor, will also tragically loose her child Ruari in episodes due to be aired early next year.
Kym said that the decision to go ahead with storyline was a tough one, but that she felt it was important to raise awareness.“
“I thought long and hard before agreeing to take on the challenge of this storyline. It is a cause very close to my heart having lost my beautiful Archie.”
“I have had to go to some very dark places in my mind while filming these heartbreaking scenes, but my family, friends and colleagues have been incredible. Losing a child is something that never leaves you so to revisit those feelings has been challenging.”
Soap bosses ensured that Kym was emotionally supported throughout the filming of the difficult scenes – with Kym also relying on her family for comfort after shooting the traumatic storyline:
“Coronation Street ensured that I had a counsellor on set at all times, but for me the best tonic after a hugely emotional day was to go home to my kids and be reminded of how lucky I am to have them.”
The team at Coronation Street worked closely with stillbirth charity Sands on the upcoming episodes – who had also worked with the team at EastEnders last year when Shabnam Masood also lost her baby son.
Kym said: “I felt it was an important story to tell to raise awareness of something which affects thousands of women every year. I am very proud.”
Archie was Kym’s first child with ex-husband Jamie Lomas, and was followed by daughter Polly, now five. She also has two children from a previous relationship: David, 21, and Emily, 19.