Annika's Katie Leung on how real-life pregnancy was written into season 2
Leung revealed that DC Blair Ferguson will be pregnant in Annika season 2, mirroring her real-life pregnancy last year.
As Nicola Walker returns to our screens in the second season of Annika this week, one of her co-stars has opened up about how their real-life pregnancy has been dealt with in the show.
Katie Leung, star of the Harry Potter film series who plays DC Blair Ferguson in Annika, has revealed that she initially approached the team behind the show with news of her pregnancy, saying "by the way, there’s a spanner in the works".
Leung said she received the "best response that a pregnant actor could ask for", with the team saying: "Congratulations, that's amazing. Can we write it into the show?'"
Leung said "absolutely", but also asked the team "not to make a big deal out of it in the script because I wanted to tell a realistic version of someone who can still be very capable at her job, while she’s eight months pregnant, because that’s what pregnant women around the world do".
When asked whether it is "excellent that Blair’s pregnancy is treated in such a matter-of-fact manner", Leung said: "Yes. Pre-pregnancy, if I saw a pregnant woman, I’d immediately go, 'Oh God. She’s fragile and vulnerable, wrap her in bubble wrap', which is how the team initially responds to Blair’s pregnancy.
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"Now that I am pregnant myself, I’m multitasking and more productive than ever and, knowing Blair, she wouldn’t let her pregnancy get in the way of what she loves doing so it was important to me that it would be treated in this matter-of-fact manner."
Walker recently teased how season 2 will kick off for Annika, saying that "it took her the whole of the first series to get to this point where she realises that all her secrets are coming home to roost", and that now she's "going to have to deal with it all".
She continued: "All families contain those secrets. We try not to unpack them, and we go day to day biting down and burying them. But in this series, a lot of Annika’s family secrets are going to come out."