Does Fiz disapprove of what Hayley did?
At the time, I think she does. It’s such a sensitive issue to tackle and Fiz puts across the other side of the argument. Anna and Carla are very much for Hayley’s decision, but Fiz doesn’t think it was Hayley’s decision to make.
Does she understand why Hayley chose to do this?
Fiz realises that something like that was a choice that only Hayley could make. It was the right thing for Hayley and for that situation.
Roy needs her, so surely she can forgive him for not stopping Hayley and not telling Fiz?
The promise that she made to Hayley to look after Roy is at the back of Fiz’s mind. She will look after him, but close families do fall out and they’re not going to agree on everything. Roy is full of regret too and the last thing he needs is Fiz having a go at him. He didn’t want Hayley to go through with it and he starts to feel angry afterwards.
Does she confide in Tyrone?
She doesn’t tell Tyrone until the day of the funeral and then only because Roy is thinking of boycotting the service. Tyrone is incredibly understanding and tells her it must have been a really difficult choice for Hayley. He makes Fiz see sense.
What was it like to film the funeral scenes?
At that point, Roy’s emotions are really complex. The whole funeral is about Roy pretending that Hayley was all these nice things, when inside Roy is angry with Hayley. He’s a very honest and straightforward man and he doesn’t think it’s just or fair to let everyone grieve for Hayley and not tell them about what she’s done. Fiz, Anna and Carla all stay by Roy’s side because they are terrified he’s going to say something. She thinks he would regret it if he did.
How much are you missing working with Julie now she’s left?
We are really missing her. I’m going to go and see her new play at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, which I’m really excited about. We will definitely stay in touch.