Steph Davis has revealed how she copes with being a single mother while working on set at Hollyoaks.
The actress, who is set to return as Sinead O’Connor on the Channel 4 soap, had her son Caben Albi in January 2017 after leaving the soap, so is working for the first time with her baby in tow.
But despite it being a journey for her to get back on the soap, she has revealed the heartwarming way she copes with having a little one and working long hours on a TV show – and a lot of it involves her relationship with her mum.
Steph said: "To be honest it’s not easy, it’s hard, but I’m starting to get into a little routine now and a balance.
"It was because the long hours and stuff we put him in nursery and because I’m on my own with him but my mum’s been a big help -I don’t know what I’d do without her.
"She takes him on the days he’s not in nursery to help me out but I want to bring him on set – loads of people haven’t met him yet so I am going to bring him in."
Steph also revealed how she and other castmates have bonded over their childre, though she is yet to bring her little one on set.
She added: "It’s great because me, Jen [Metalfe,] Keiran [Richardson,] Alex[ Fletcher,] Chelsee [Healey] – we are all parents now so it’s nice. We’ve all got that in common and all we do is talk about babies all day!"
Steph also said her return to the show has been icnredibly "emotional," as she grew up there living out her teenage years on screen.
She continued: "It’s been amazing, it’s been quite a journey. Getting her to come back after so long was weird because I’ve been away for ages but it feels like I’ve never left. But Bryan [Kirkwood’s] been amazing and all the cast and crew… it’s like going home."
On her decision to return, she said: "It was weird because I was just sat there one day thinking, ‘I’m missing doing what I love,’ and it thought, ‘I’m gonna text Bryan,’ and I did.
"And I didn’t know he was speking to my agent so obviously he asked me back and I was made up.
"It was quite emotional actually and it’s been a long journey – I started when I was 16, 17, so I’ve grown up on the show so to go back now – I’m made up.
"I appreciate it a lot more now I realise what I’ve got and how amazing it is – the scripts and everyone I work with and my family and the show – it’s like a big family."
Sinead will return to the village and immediately get on very well indeed with Sami, before her husband follows on with daughter Hannah, causing havoc from the moment she sets her foot back in Hollyoaks.
Hollyoaks Storm Week airs every night next week at 7pm on E4.
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