EastEnders fans have been left feeling gutted by the revelation that Rainie Highway (Tanya Franks) isn’t actually pregnant after believing herself to be carrying a baby – and it’s set to put a strain on her relationship with Stuart.

Ricky Champ, who plays the husband, admitted that Stuart really takes the news hard. Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he sighed: ‘He’s bitterly disappointed, I think bitter is the right word because he, at the forefront of his mind, he really feels like he’s messed things up with his daughter Zara and sees this as another chance, another opportunity to be a good father, and he was rejuvenated with it, he was fully intending on not making the same mistakes.’

The same can be said for Rainie, who really thought that she could make a proper little family unit and have a good future after everything she has endured in her life.

And feeling that Stuart deserves better, she even makes the heartwrenching decision to leave – which leads to an intense heart to heart between the pair when they talk things through about everything from their pasts and what the future holds.

Ricky wasn’t giving away the outcome of whether the couple stay together but he’d be disappointed not to be working with Tanya – as he revealed to us just how much of a method actor she truly is.


Referring to THAT scene where they were eating on the sofa, the actor laughed: ‘It was ice cream and ketchup! The whole thing about phantom pregnancy is that the body still believes that it is pregnant, so you get everything with it like cravings and what not, and her craving was ice cream and ketchup.

‘Tanya insisted on eating the ice cream and Ketchup, and I said no, I am not eating that, so my one was ice cream and raspberry sauce! Tanya is fearless!

‘She actually ate ice cream and ketchup a couple of times, in a couple of scenes, so she is fully in character.’

Rather her than us…we prefer brown sauce on our neopolitan.

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