Simon Gregson said shooting Coronation Street’s stillborn plot was "awful" – as soap bosses did not know he and his wife had lost 11 babies.
While they were aware his co-star Kym Marsh had lost a child in real life, the actor said no-one asked him about his own experience. Soap bosses got Kym’s consent to go ahead with the 2017 storyline in which her character Michelle Connor’s baby Ruairi was stillborn after went into labour prematurely.
At the time Kym, 45, said recreating the ordeal was the best way to "honour" the baby she had lost.
But Simon, 47, who played the dad, said Corrie bosses were unaware of the "horrific" experience he had been through with wife Emma. He found it really "annoying" all the onus was "on the woman" and felt compelled to reveal his real life plight.
Simon told the BBC’s The Likely Dads podcast: "We lost 11 along the way. It was horrific.
"We just kind of got on with it. We were like, it's happened, get on with it.
"I think the worst thing was when they made it into a storyline. They didn't know what had happened with me.
"It was with Kym and Kym had lost a child. So of course, you know, they asked her whether she would do the storyline and of course, she didn't want to see – it's a prosthetic baby and it's amazing and it was dressed exactly the same as he was, you know, which I think is what she requested because she wanted the emotions to be real.
"But it was like this is a one-take time. It was awful, yes, but they didn't know so all the interviews were, 'How does she feel, how does she feel?'"
He went on: "And I had to interject and say, 'Do you know what, it's not easy for the guy either'. That's when I thought, 'I'm going to have to say something’ because it was really annoying me that all the onus was on the woman.
"And I went,You know we've lost kids’."
Simon went on: "People wanted to know about it afterwards and we said, 'yes we brought it to light because we think blokes should have a voice about these things, you know?’
"Obviously the woman carries the baby and all this and there's a lot more of a connection there. But you know it's not easy for the guys either.’’
Simon said his real life story had a happy ending because baby Georgia, who died at 21 weeks, "stayed alive long enough" to naturally heal Emma’s body so she could have children.
The couple now have three – Alfie, 14, Harry, 12, and six-year-old Henry. He said they viewed Georgia as "like an angel" because she "paved the way for Alfie".
"It was a marvellous ending,’’ he added.
Coronation Street has not responded to a request for comment.
If you have been affected by this story, advice and support can be found at Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity). You can call them on 0808 164 3332 or email [email protected]
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