Hollyoaks star Rory Douglas-Speed on Joel's future after tragedy

Hollyoaks spoilers follow, while the article also contains discussion of baby loss.

Hollyoaks actor Rory Douglas-Speed has spoken out on the future of Joel and Leela Dexter's heartbreaking story.

Last night's (May 24) streaming episode saw Leela go to the hospital following her wedding after not feeling her baby move for a while, and she was devastated to learn that the baby's heartbeat could not be detected.

Speaking to Inside Soap, the actor spoke about what's still to come in the story immediately and in the longer-term.

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"[Joel] gets to the hospital to find Leela, which is when he discovers their son has died," he explained. "It's pretty awful to be honest - you see it all unfold, and the way the episode is structured means you live through every beat with Joel and Leela."

He continued: "There is anger and aggression; Joel can't accept it at first, but he immediately wants Leela and the baby to be looked after. Joel becomes very protective and there is no blame."

Looking further ahead, he revealed that "Joel moves out to give Leela some space, as hard as that is.

"I think in time they will get close again, but they are going through such a difficult situation."

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Rory also heaped praise upon Leela actor Kirsty-Leigh Porter for her "performance of a lifetime" in the storyline, and for agreeing to film the story after she lost a baby herself in 2018.

"She came to the decision it would be healing for her, and a chance to speak to the community who have been through this," he said.

"I'm so glad she had the confidence and bravery to do the storyline. Kirsty gives the performance of a lifetime - she is a powerhouse."

Organisations including Sands and Tommy's are able to offer help and support to anyone affected by baby loss.

Hollyoaks streams first online via Channel 4 each weekday at 7.30pm. Episodes then air on E4 the following day, before getting their YouTube premiere a week after that.

Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.

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