Leanne is to face a tough decision when she returns to the Street in next week’s episodes. As Nick begs his wife to put the past behind them, can Leanne bring herself to forgive him? And how will Leanne react when a volatile Nick has a meltdown at the local kids’ Halloween party that leaves Simon shaken? Actress Jane Danson has the latest on what lies in store in her character’s tumultuous marriage:
So, why did she take off and where has she been?
Leanne took off because she couldn’t face what was going on. She went off to see Toyah to clear her head and to sort out how she was going to deal with it all. When she comes back she returns with a fresh mind.
She takes a bit of the blame because obviously this wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t have gone to see Peter on Christmas Day. It’s kind of six of one and half a dozen of the other. So she does get over it, for the first time in her life!
So it’s not over for her and Nick?
No, I think for the first time ever she realises she can’t keep running away from her problems. Every time something goes wrong, which it does quite often, she runs away and leaves it to sort itself out. This time she faces it head on - Nick has got brain damage so he’s not the person he once was. She realises that she’s got to stand up, get on with it and grow up, really.
Is part of her returning for Simon?
If you think about her background, Leanne was dragged up by Les and Janice and never knew whether she was coming or going. She wants to provide Simon with the stability and family life that she didn’t have and if that means staying with Nick and making it work then she has to consider it. She’s trying to hold everything together for the family unit and working things through rather than just running away.
So tell us how she feels when she sees Nick again?
When she first arrives back she avoids going to Gail’s house at all costs. Leanne wants to get back onto the Street and find out how she feels being in a familiar environment and establish whether she will walk away from it all again.
Seeing Nick in a vulnerable state makes her realise how she feels about him and she starts to think that she needs to stand by him. Gail is like the piggy in the middle trying to get them back together, but Leanne doesn’t want to rush things.