Jane Danson – aka Coronation Street’s Leanne Battersby – revealed that Michelle Connor’s harrowing stillbirth storyline has helped her open up about her own devastating experience of miscarriage.
Appearing on Loose Women the mum-of-two described how she had bottled up her feelings over the loss of her unborn child.
“I’m quite an emotional, heart on my sleeve, kind of person – but that was something I chose to keep to myself because it was my own personal journey.”
It was through working with fellow Weatherfield actress Kym Marsh – as the dramatic turn in her on-screen life unfolded – that Jane could finally begin to address her heartache.
“But then this storyline came up. Kym [Marsh] and I had never really worked together before and we knew that after what we’d both been through, it was going to be tough,” she said.
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“In a way, it kind of helped me a little bit because I didn’t talk about it. It got me talking about it and Kym was incredibly supportive, even though she’d sadly been through a devastating experience herself.”
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Jane has sons Harry, 10, and seven-year-old Sam with husband Robert Beck. Mum-of-three Kym can relate even more to Jane’s pain as she lost her son Archie in 2009 21 weeks into her pregnancy.
Speaking about her harrowing experience last month the 40-year-old told the Sun on Sunday:
“After Archie died I was utterly lost. I never got to the point of thinking about taking my own life. But I don’t know how I might have felt if I hadn’t had two young children and a good support network around me.
“I know that others who have lost children have found themselves in the same situation as Michelle. I can totally understand how people feel like they can’t carry on.”
She also revealed how the family continue to honour Alfie’s memory, adding:
“We always celebrate Archie on his birthday, February 11, every Mother’s Day and at Christmas.”