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'Hollyoaks' Martha can't handle Ash's illness, says Carli Norris

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Hollyoaks star Carli Norris has admitted that her character Martha Kane will struggle to behave responsibly when her daughter Ash falls ill.

Ash (Holly Weston) is rushed to hospital after collapsing with meningitis next week, but it's her younger brother Callum (Laurie Duncan) who takes on most of the burden as Martha struggles to cope.

Martha has had an alcohol problem for some time, but this only becomes apparent to viewers next week when Callum finds her slumped on the couch next to empty bottles of wine.

Carli Norris (Martha Kane, Hollyoaks)

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Callum finds Martha passed out on the sofa.

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Norris told TV Times: "Martha would die for her children, but she's like a child herself. Anything that requires her to step up and be a mother, she can't handle.

"Nobody realised that [Ash] was ill. As far as they were concerned, she was just walking around with the hump on, like she normally does."

The actress added that Martha is reluctant to stay at the hospital, wanting Callum to take charge of the situation.

"She keeps having to leave," Norris explained. "She manipulates Callum and wraps him around her little finger, like she always does. She says, 'I can't cope with this, you'll have to do it for me'.

"The doctors always prefer to speak to the parent about the illness. She'd rather it was Callum sorting it out."

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with a first look screening at 7pm on E4.

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