How does he feel afterwards?
He doesn’t know what he’s become. Who he is now? He knows what he should be, what he was, but he doesn’t know who he is now. He looks pretty much the same but he’s not. Nothing is right in his life.
Why does he tell Norris of all people that he slapped Leanne?
Norris notices her black eye and Leanne tries to cover, but Nick doesn’t want that. Nick is one for wanting to face things and this is part of his accident. He has something to face now - this is what he’s done, who he is. He’s taking some control back.
Is he concerned he’ll hurt her again?
Absolutely. He can’t control it - it’s a very fine line for him. He can’t trust himself and he knows Leanne can’t trust him anymore. He’s not the man she fell in love with.
Is he worried that Leanne will leave him for good?
I don’t think he is anymore. Part of him thinks she probably should leave him. They’ve been through the motions of trying to save their marriage, but when someone is fundamentally not the same person, it’s extremely hard.
How hopeful is he that his training sessions with Kal will help?
At first he’s not that hopeful and then he just needs something to hold on to. He needs something to feel a bit more vital again, a bit more normal. That’s what Kal does. He’s another man and Nick doesn’t really have many male friends on the street. He hates Peter, he hates his brother and there are not many guys around that he can relate to. Kal’s physical and quick so he keeps Nick on his toes a bit. He’s now quite hopeful it could go somewhere.
Can he ever imagine being normal again?
He thought he could but now he realises this could be it. This is who he is now and he might be like this for months, years, forever.
What do you think 2014 will hold for the Platts?
Maybe we’ll see what happens with David and Nick. I hope we start to see what happens with the relationship between Leanne and Nick and how they work together. I’m hoping it’s as big as 2013 because it’s been momentous for the Platts this year. This could just be the beginning.
And how will you be spending Christmas?
We have a very traditional Christmas. We open presents in the morning, eat turkey for dinner, pull crackers, have the family round. We just have a very normal and lovely Christmas with the kids.