Carol Jackson is to be left facing an uncertain future in an upcoming episode after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her family are left reeling by news that the cancer could have spread, while Carol seeks support from daughter Sonia and makes the decision to split from Masood. Here, actress Lindsey Coulson talks about these latest emotional developments and the impact she hopes the storyline will have on viewers:
Later this month we’re going to see Carol receive the news that she has breast cancer – what’s her immediate response to the diagnosis?
It’s like her head is imploding, which from what I’ve heard from several people is how it feels when you get that news.
Does she think that David’s going to give her the support she needs?
Carol does love him and she believes he’s changed, but she’s not 100 per cent sure. At the moment, the biggest thing is her fear of death and she feels most comforted by Sonia.
Yes, can you tell us about how Sonia reacts when Carol visits and tells her the news?
Well, Sonia’s a natural carer as she’s also a nurse. So Carol feels very quietly at ease with her. She’s very practical, whereas Bianca’s so heady and a bit like Carol, which is probably why they spar so much. Everything feels all right when Carol’s with Sonia.
There’s a scene where Carol and Bianca are listening to Sonia’s daughter Rebecca singing and playing the guitar and Carol is overcome and breaks down – is that when it really sinks in?
Yes – Carol’s been holding it in and worrying about everybody else, but the enormity of it hits her when she’s listening to that beautiful music. That’s the key moment for her.