Catherine Tyldesley says morning sickness left her retching on TV drama set

Catherine Tyldesley says co-star Alan Davies helped support her after she was overcome with morning sickness on the set of detective drama McDonald & Dodds.

The former Corrie star was overcome with nausea after filming started not long after she discovered she was pregnant with her second child.

Catherine, who guest stars in the first film-length episode of the returning series, said: “The producer, Rebecca, was absolutely fantastic because I was quite sick on some of the days we were filming, and I was so well looked after.

“We got through it as a team, they were on hand with a ginger biscuit whenever I needed one!

“Alan (Davies) was very understanding – there were a couple of times when I was retching after a scene and he was just so caring and lovely, everyone was, it was great.”

The 38 year-old added: “Normally I’d have a few cups of coffee during a filming day, but you can’t do that when you’re pregnant – I was limited to one in the morning and wondered how I’d get through it, but the team were brilliant and I could have a little lie-down on my lunch break.”

The wardrobe department kitted Catherine out in floaty dresses to accommodate her growing bump.

In an interview ahead of the new series she also praised her industry for accommodating working mums.

The actress, who gave birth to Iris Moss in April, said she often takes her two month-old on set.

She said: “I love my job so much, so Iris just comes everywhere with me.

“We’re producing a couple of shows at the minute and she came on set the other day and was as good as gold – everyone fell in love with her!”

She added: “My agent is still sending me things since I’ve had Iris, and I love being a working mum, so I take every day as it comes.

“We’re doing a sketch show at the end of June but it’s up north and I’m taking Iris on set with me, and there’s a couple of other jobs at the end of July. As a family, if we can make a job work then we will, and if not then it’s not meant to be.”

Catherine, who already has seven year-old son Alfie with husband Tom Pitfield, worked up until three weeks before giving birth.

She said: “I do feel our industry is getting so much better – years ago you wouldn’t mention the fact that you had children in case it went against you, but I feel like production teams are much more accommodating nowadays.

“I’ve got friends that are taking babies on set, who are expressing in their trailers in between takes, and that is wonderful.

"I’m so grateful that things are changing, and the theatre world is changing too with directors really trying to accommodate men and women with children. That’s where we need to be.”

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In the first installment of McDonald & Dodds – called Belvedere – Catherine plays aspirational mum Kate Porter, who knows Professor George Gillan (played by Alan Davies) – an eccentric suspect in a park murder.

Speaking about her character, she teased: “This is a character who is leading a double life – she hasn’t always been the woman that she is now or seems to be, and she’s a great actress. She has come from a very different background to the life that she lives now.”

She also worked alongside Welsh icon Sian Phillips. She joked Sian was so formidable it left her “a bit intimidated”.

Jason Watkins returns as awkward Dodds and Tala Gouveia as DCI McDonald.

McDonald & Dodds returns to ITV, Sunday 19th June at 8pm. For the latest TV news, sign up to our daily OK! newsletter.

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