Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter has warned that fans will be reaching for the tissues when her character Chas Dingle gives birth to her daughter.
Viewers know that Chas and Paddy’s baby girl Grace will only have a short time to live when she’s born.
Tragically, Grace has been diagnosed with a rare condition called bilateral renal agenesis, which occurs when kidneys fail to develop in a foetus.
Although Grace has no chance of survival after birth, Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Chas carefully considered their options and decided to take the pregnancy to full term – determined to savour every precious moment with their little girl.
Next week’s episodes will see Chas go into labour just days before her son Aaron’s wedding to Robert Sugden, paving the way for some heartbreaking scenes ahead.
Speaking to The Sun, Lucy explained: “We’ve said it’s not your typical episode. Hopefully it will have people smiling through their tears as well as being deeply upset by it – I hope.”
Discussing how she’s coped with taking on such a hard-hitting plot, Lucy shared: “It’s been extremely difficult. I’ve had emotional stuff to do and if the emotions don’t come naturally then we normally use a little trigger stick in your eye, jab that in and it makes them water and then you can act the rest, but in this storyline I haven’t had to do any of the false things – the emotions have been there.
“Both me and Dom [Paddy] have had to go to some pretty dark places. It’s been one of, if not the, hardest storyline I’ve ever had to do.”
She added: “It’s been difficult but the writing has been so beautiful and the topic is so emotive anyway that it’s been ridiculously harrowing and really hard but, as I say, we’re not going through it.
“At the end of the day we’re getting to go home to our beautiful kids and we’ve been lucky to have healthy kids. It’s been one of, if not the, hardest storyline I’ve ever had to do.”
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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