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Shelagh McLeod GMTV
INTERVIEW BY: Eamon Holmes & Fiona Phillips
FP: Did you see Peak Practice back on the box last night?
It's day two of our special series on TV's top medical drama and we've got some
baby talk for you this morning. At the centre of the story is Dr Kate Webster
who gave birth last night and in one of the quickest recoveries ever actress
Shelagh Mcleod will be speaking to us. But first let's remind ourselves of her
story so far.
Clips of Kate telling Will she is keeping the baby (S4Ep10)
birth to Emily (S5Ep1)
Will comes home
to find Kate crying (S5Ep2)
Will they are going to watch Emily suffer and die (S5Ep2)
FP: Well it was a happy event last night but according to that
Shelagh it doesn't carry on that way
SM: It's very sad, very sad. The birth was exhausting, I have
to say - filming it. But things take a turn for the worse and the baby gets very
sick and it goes undiagnosed by us which makes us feel dreadful.
FP: We spoke to Simon Shepherd who plays your partner in the
series yesterday and he is leaving after the fourth episode, does that mean it's
the end for Kate and Will?
SM: No! I leave with him, we both go off to Bristol to look
after our baby and we have to move there because the particular unit that will
look after our baby is there so we both leave - but we leave on a happy note so
it's quite nice.
FP: Oh good and will you miss it?
SM: Terribly. I didn't think I would. I love the peak district
and I love the crew and cast, I worked with a fabulous director Alan Grint and
it's like a family. But I won't miss the driving up and down. That was
FP: That's what Simon said!
SM: But I've just been shooting something else and it's funny
how I keep thinking about it and I do miss it dreadfully.
FP: Now you did give birth to Emily last night but you have a
daughter yourself though, Katherine who's 18 months. Did that bring back any
SM: Well I actually had a caesarean and so I just climbed onto
the table, they whacked me with drugs and snip, snip, out she came. So we had a
midwife on set with us going through all the lessons and teaching us how to
breath and puff!
FP: Have you taken to motherhood?
SM: Do you know it took me six months. I think there is a big
conspiracy out there, I think the first 6 months are really tough. I thought it
was terrifying. Now I'm loving it, now she can walk and talk and she responds to
things, she's great.
FP: You said you had a tough time but did you ever have
A lot of women do and it's ignored isn't it?
SM: Did I have postnatal depression? I don't know but I
certainly felt very down, I was riddled with anxiety the whole time. I was also
filming, I went back to work 6 weeks after she was born, which I think kept me
sane. I think if I'd sat there and stared at the walls I probably would've gone
down. I think it's just such a shock.
EH: I don't think you've ever sat and stared at the walls. A
very interesting life, we were just talking before the break because you're both
(to Shelagh and Fiona) good old USA girls.
FP: You (to Shelagh) lasted longer than I did
SM: Yes, 7 years.
EH: And what sort of programmes did you work on while you were
SM: I did loads of TV. I worked with Elizabeth Taylor, which
was fun. I had a very small role but she was amazing.
FP: Was she really nice though because I've filmed her
backstage on a series, and I have to say, I know Elizabeth Taylor fans are going
to hate me for this, but she was a bit of an old witch. She wasn't nice to the
people who weren't on her level
SM: She was very cold when I arrived on the set, I mean I was
on it for one day and I was shivering and shaking, I was terrified, I was working
with the famous Elizabeth Taylor. But once she warmed up she was lovely, and
she's so beautiful, her eyes are purple, she has purple eyes and the first few
hours were pretty scary but I just sat there quietly and shivered and shook. I
also did an A Team which was fun working with George Pepard. They do great
stunts in America and I did a lot of episodic TV, wild and crazy things. I was
lucky I worked.
FP: You have kept on working and you are leaving Peak Practice
after the fourth episode and you're still working. What are you doing?
SM: I've just literally finished doing an episode of The Knock,
I went to Hong Kong for 5 seconds which was fun! I play a real badie in it so
it's real character change, so it's great.
FP: Great for you as an actress
SM: It's nice to play such a different character immediately
after playing a doctor and she's got no scruples this girl, she just goes off and
does terrible things which is great!
FP: We look forward to seeing it, when is The Knock on?
SM: April, it starts
FP: Thanks very much, Lovely to see you.
SM: Thank you