Coronation Street’s Jane Danson has opened up about the pressures to getting pregnant while dealing with the loss of a baby.
In a recent interview, Jane reflected on the storyline of her character, Leanne Battersby, who is currently expecting the child she always wanted. Leanne is currently pregnant with Steve McDonald’s baby, although everyone else assumes that her boyfriend Nick Tilsley is the father.
Jane revealed how difficult it’s been to answer personal questions that have risen from the storyline, such as whether she’s trying to add to her own family anytime soon.
‘I kind of feel in a good place to say it, but I actually did lose a baby a couple of years ago, so it does make me quite sad,’ she told publications.
‘I’ve been asked the inevitable questions over and over, “Would you have another baby?” and I just feel now it’s a good time to say that it is close to my heart but it’s Leanne going through it, not me.’
Leanne Tilsley and Peter Barlow, played by Chris Gascoyne
Jane has two sons, Harry and Sam, with husband Robert Beck. ‘It’s very difficult,’ she added, speaking about having to relive the loss of her child with every question about her broodiness.
‘It’s fine because I’ve never talked about it,’ she continued.
‘But I just feel that now it’s a good time to say that it’s something that Leanne has always wanted and I know how that feels but I’m very lucky.
‘I’ve got two wonderful children so it is something that has been quite difficult, but at the same time I know how lucky I am, I am one of the lucky ones who has got children so I’ll just leave it at that.
‘I just don’t want to keep going over old ground because it’s too upsetting.’
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.