Coronation Street star Jane Danson says they used dolls to film during height of pandemic

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Coronation Street star Jane Danson has revealed that the ITV soap used dolls during the Covid pandemic as they couldn't really have their child co-stars with them for filming.

Jane, 42, exclusively spoke to OK! at Wednesday's TRIC Awards where she discussed Leanne Battersby's recent heartbreaking storyline where her character's son Oliver tragically passed away after battling mitochondrial disease.

Talking on the red carpet at the star-studded event with co-star Shelley King, Jane said that the emotional scenes are probably the best storyline she will ever get on the cobbles and that it was the "most important" to her.

She said: "I think for me, I've always been fortunate to be involved in quite big stories over the years but this one felt the most important. It was a real story."

Jane continued: "Something people have dealt with or are dealing with. The response for both of us [Shelley King and her character's storyline] was overwhelming. We're actors, given the scripts and we try to execute the best job we can do.

"But also that comes with a huge responsibility to those families going through that story, so certainly for me, it will probably be the best story I will ever get on the street."

Shelley, 65, who won the best Soap Actor award, discussed her own character Yasmeen Nazir's harrowing abuse storyline on the ITV soap.

She said: "Certainly, mine was the best. I don't think I will get another storyline like that!"

Jane also discussed how difficult it was to film their challenging storylines during the pandemic, as due to Covid, they couldn't have their child co-stars with them and had to use dolls instead.

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She said: "In the real world as well, with Covid and so much topic of death, and our storyline in particular. We had to almost push that aside a little bit.

"This story is a very different story about death, which was very challenging, especially because of Covid, we couldn't have the children with us. It was all playing to dolls and talking about them as if they were in a room somewhere.

"We felt like we had a massive responsibility, that was people's real life, often we don't really know what is going to happen with storylines, but I think in both of our cases, we knew what the end game was."

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