Sarah Jayne Dunn, best known as Hollyoaks' Mandy Morgan talks about the special episode which airs tonight and why she feels privileged to be part of the ongoing emotional storyline...
Hollyoaks viewers have seen expectant mum, Mandy Morgan, go through emotional turmoil ever since her unborn baby with diagnosed with spina-bifida.
Here Sarah Jayne Dunn tells all about the special episode that airs tonight on E4, why she is proud to be part of the emotional storyline and what happened when she spoke to mums with children suffering from the condition….
Tell us about the special Hollyoaks episode and what Mandy is going through
Sarah Jayne Dunn: “There is a special disability awareness episode, which follows Mandy, as she takes a journey around the village. She has to make some serious decisions about her unborn baby and she bumps into a few of the characters from the show who have disabilities or additional needs. It helps her come to a decision about her own baby. There is a big charity concert with loads of children involved – it’s lovely and a very emotional episode.”
Who does she talk to?
SJ.D “She finds Brooke (who is autistic) upset and crying outside The Dog and has a really nice chat with her, which was a really lovely scene to film with Talia Grant. She bumps into Maxine and Minnie (who has Down’s Syndrome), so characters that she has never really crossed paths with before.
“When she arrives at the charity concert, she sees that Oscar’s involved in it and obviously he’s got his hearing impairment. I think it just really opens Mandy’s eyes that people with disabilities are living all around her, and she’s never even noticed that before. I think the fear Mandy has is whether she will be able to cope with a child that has disabilities. It’s a really eye-opening episode, and it was a real privilege to be a part of.”
Why hasn’t Mandy told Darren that Luke may be the father of her baby?
SJ.D “She is feeling super guilty that she hasn’t told him the baby might be Luke’s but I think she’s going through so much at the moment, and dealing with so many different emotions. Also, the hormones from being pregnant make it so much worse. There is a real possibility that Darren may not want to be a part of their lives after he finds out the truth. She so desperately wants the baby to be Darren’s, she wants them to be a happy family.”
How is Mandy and Darren’s relationship going?
SJ.D. “At this point, Mandy and Darren’s relationship is a bit strained and they have to make a huge decision about whether to go ahead with the spina bifida surgery. It’s such a huge operation and it’s only just become available in the UK. It’s still new, and not many people have had it yet. It can lessen the effect that the spina bifida might have, and it can also possibly stop the baby having hydrocephalous, which is something the baby can have because of the spina bifida.”