Is Kal supportive throughout all of this?
He is. I’m sure he’s got a past as well, but he’s very understanding. He must like her a lot! The family, however, has a very different reaction. Obviously they want the best for their son and by all accounts his ex-wife was a good girl so she’s got a lot to live up to.
So what makes Leanne quit the Bistro?
It just becomes intolerable. He’s being too nasty to her and she just became tired of it.
Tell us about what happens when Nick renames the Bistro ‘Just Nick’s’ and tells her she won’t get a penny….
I love that he renames it ‘Just Nick’s’. It’s very funny. Leanne decides that if he’s going to play dirty then so can she. She’s a Battersby, so she can play very dirty when she wants to. So it all kicks off which needs to another story down the line where Leanne sees Nick’s true colours.
Do you think she now hates Nick?
I don’t think she hates him. She’s just incredibly frustrated and sad. She did try and make a go of their marriage and, for the first time, it wasn’t her who walked away. It was Nick. So she starts again but it doesn’t go the way she’d hoped.
Are you sad that the writers split up Nick and Leanne?
I’m always sad when Leanne splits up with somebody because you get used to working with that person and you want your character to be happy. But it was never going to work because she settled for him, really. I still get to work with Ben though, which is great, and with both of them on set it’s like working with two naughty schoolboys. There’s lots of banter going on.
What’s it like having Jimi Mistry as an on-screen other half?
He’s just lovely to work with. I’ve been very fortunate with all of my men folk. I’ve had some good co-workers and that’s enabled my character to develop. As for Kal – well, he’s been in the Army so he must have a past himself, but at the moment the relationship is new, exciting and fresh. I’d like to see he and Leanne have some fun before they have any more dramas.
Will you miss working in the Bistro?
I will miss the lighting in the Bistro the most as it’s the best-lit set and you look about 10! I loved the business of it - the fact that you got to work with lots of different people. It felt like home.
Would you like to see Leanne launch her own business?
Who knows - yes! I’d like to see her come good again in her business ventures, but in the end I think she’s destined to always be the underdog.