Early investigations point to an electrical fault in the cellar, so does Stella blame Jason for this?
Yes, initially they do think it’s Jason and many people are pointing the finger at him, so it’s difficult for her not to think it too.
Does she suspect anyone else to have started the fire?
I think she doesn’t have any suspicion whatsoever. As far as she’s concerned she can’t believe that someone would purposefully try to kill her.
How does she feel when she discovers that Sunita is in danger as well?
She’s really worried actually, even after everything Sunita has done to her. She doesn’t want her to die and she’s concerned for her children, too. She also feels bad because she’s the one who told Dev not to take Sunita back and that’s why Sunita went off the rails.
With Karl being hailed as a hero, does this change the way Stella feels about him?
Oh yes, absolutely. As far as she’s concerned, he saved her life. There was always love there between them, but when he does this and nearly dies for her, it definitely brings them much closer together.
So, tell us about filming those stunts. Was it a dangerous business?
I was very worried about my pyjama pants falling down when I was being thrown over Tony Hirst’s shoulder! Very glamorous I know. I think this is the most dangerous thing I’ve ever had to do. I did have to film something on a very high building for Daylight Robbery and that was quite scary - in fact, maybe a little scarier as I actually had to be strapped into a harness!
But then again this was a fire, and once fire gets out of control there’s nothing you can do. I think if I’d have let myself think about it I would have been more afraid. It was exciting too though! It’s great to do something a bit different. Night shoots are horrible when it’s cold, but it was incredibly exciting to do.
And, of course, we are about to see the departure of Shobna Gulati as Sunita. She’s involved in a lot of the Rovers fire scenes as well – do you get on behind the scenes?
Yes absolutely. We did get on and it’s sad that she’s leaving, as it is when anybody in the cast departs. She will be missed. But I’m sure she will go on to pastures new and do some great things.