Do you think the fact that Mick lied to her about the Rainie situation has made this worse for her - she felt her dad betrayed her and now her mum too?
Probably. It’s hit Nancy a little bit later than most because she’s still quite child-like and so close to her family. She's only realising now that her parents aren’t infallible. It normally hits people when they are about 18 that your parents aren’t perfect, but she’s now reaching that with both of them. And it hits harder that it's one after the other.
The relationship that Nancy has with Tamwar is sweet - could there be romance on the cards?
I don’t know, I think they’re just very good friends at the moment. I don’t think that she sees it that way but maybe she hasn’t grown up enough yet. Maybe she’s not looking for a relationship, and if she’s not looking for a relationship she’s not going to appreciate a good one that’s there in her face. She’d have to be ready to enter into something with Tamwar as she’d only do it if she was very serious about him.
And what about Dexter?
There’s not been much action there for a while, but there’s some unfinished business. I’m pretty sure that she fancies him and that usually leads to hanky panky!
Do you still love working with the Carters - how do you make your bond look so natural?
Because we really, really like each other! I realise that if, I’ve had a full day working with them, I come away from it feeling so fulfilled and happy. We work so well together. As long as you like each other and know each other really well, it gives so much scope for interesting acting. We don’t have to make an effort to spend time with each other. We just really want to spend time with each other.
What's it like working with Timothy West?
Absolutely fantastic - he’s hilarious and a legend. You learn so much from him. He’s a comic genius - there are some scenes when Stan’s just there, looking a bit like he’s up to something in the background and feeding one liners and it’s so funny. I can tell, at least I hope, that he really enjoys those scenes.
Are there any other members of the cast - apart from the Carters - to whom you've become close?
I spend a lot of time with Himesh Patel [Tamwar]. We get on really well and spend a lot of time thinking up comedy sketches. I always have a good chat with Lindsey Coulson and Sam Womack cracks me up. Everyone is lovely!
What's been your favourite scene to film so far?
There’s a hilarious one we filmed recently when there were a lot of us round at the Masoods’. We were filming back-to-back scenes all day and Nitin Ganatra [Masood] is the funniest man alive. He just made my day an absolute pleasure. Everyone was just cracking up all day. That was a lot of fun.
And is there anything you can tease us with about what's coming up with Nancy?
There’s going to be a major chink in the Carter armour that’s going to affect the whole family.