We’re going to see Nick fake a seizure in the café – what possesses him to do that?
He wants Leanne to agree to a quick divorce without the stress of going to court. He thinks that if she can see she the stress she’s putting him under, then she’ll agree.
How do people react – does he like the attention he gets from everyone?
I don’t think it’s about the attention - it’s more like, ‘oh I got away with that, I’ll push it a bit’. He sees it as a bit of a game.
Is it a premeditated idea to fake the seizure or a spur-of-the-moment thing?
No, it’s premeditated. He’s thought that the next time he gets any stress from her, he’s going to fake it. He also pushes the situation to make it more stressful, then when she reacts, he gets what he wanted.
The old Nick would never have done anything like that – is it a case of him not thinking straight because of the injury?
This is Nick now. Even when he’s not on the edge, he’s just a bit more snide now, certainly with Leanne, his brother and his mum. This is the new Nick - he had an accident, he nearly died and when people are doing his head in, he just wants to shut them up. Before, he would have accepted their behaviour because they’re family and he’d help them. Now he won’t take any nonsense. He just thinks pull yourself together.
Will anyone suspect he’s faking?
Leanne does pretty quickly. And then Nick tells David because he suspects something.
How does David react when Nick confesses he faked the seizure?
He’s a bit shocked that Nick has become him, really, and he’s become Nick! David tries to give him some brotherly advice because he’s been there, but Nick doesn’t want to hear it, especially from him.
Does Nick get what he wants after faking the seizure?
Yes he does, because Leanne agrees to a quick divorce and to stop stressing him with it. So he does get what he wants. That’s his game plan now - he doesn’t want her back - it’s done and he knows she’s not coming back.
What do you think it will take for Nick to let go of his anger issues?
I don’t think he can let go of his anger issues. He’s not in control of it. I don’t think he’ll be as angry now all the time, but it is just part of him now. Nick’s anger comes from his accident and his bitterness about that.
What do you do to shake that anger off after you’ve been playing Nick all day?
I’m lucky - we always have such a laugh at work that I don’t really have to shake it off. Nick’s become a bit of a villain, like David in a way, so I’ll film a scene and the crew will have a good laugh. At the minute I just go home, watch some football and then go to bed!