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Hollyoaks: Jessica Ellis reacts to Tegan, Fraser baby twist

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Hollyoaks actress Jessica Ellis has spoken to Digital Spy about the revelation that Fraser Black is the father of her character's newborn daughter Rose.

Tonight's Channel 4 airing of the soap (December 12) saw the actress's alter ego Tegan Lomax tell Fraser (Jesse Birdsall) the truth after he visited her in hospital.

Jessica Ellis as Tegan Lomax in Hollyoaks

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Jessica Ellis as Tegan Lomax


Tegan was recovering after being attacked by Fraser's daughter Grace in a case of mistaken identity.

Discussing the Tegan and Fraser twist, Ellis told Digital Spy: "I knew that Tegan was having a baby and I always thought that the father would be someone in the village. If it hadn't been, it would have just been a waste of an opportunity.

"I found out when I was having my one-on-one character meeting and I said, 'Who's my baby daddy? I just want to know!' They agreed to tell me but said they hadn't told him yet! When they told me it was Jesse Birdsall, I was like, 'Oh my God - I used to watch him in Eldorado!' I was on the phone to my mum straight away to tell her. This was before I'd even started filming.

"Once I started filming, I started seeing Jesse in the corridor and then we had this moment in the green room where we both looked at each other thinking, 'Do you know what I know?' He's been brilliant to work with and we've had a lot of fun.

"The first scenes we filmed together were not the College Coffee ones where Tegan and Fraser were seen interacting for the first time, our first scenes were the reveal ones. We filmed them ages ago, so my first day with Jesse was all the full-on scenes of the reveal."

Fraser and Tegan at the hospital

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Fraser and Tegan at the hospital


Ellis said that Fraser, Dennis Savage and Trevor Royle were all under suspicion among fans before the big reveal moment.

She explained: "At first when it came out that the father of the baby was someone in the village, nobody mentioned Fraser's name. That was really good, but then there was the episode with Tony's celebration at College Coffee, where Tegan had a brief moment with Fraser.

"Fraser was only asking Tegan how her mum was, but when that happened, there were quite a few people wondering how Tegan and Fraser knew each other and speculating a bit! But there were also people suggesting that the father could be Dennis or Trevor. So there were a few people suggesting Fraser, but not many."

Fraser Black

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Fraser Black


The actress revealed that she is also looking forward to seeing how involved Tegan gets in the dark side of Fraser's life.

"The Fraser story goes in a really interesting direction," she said. "All I can say is that she is not fully aware of the extent of what Fraser does. Whether that's a conscious choice to turn a blind eye, or whether she's genuinely not in the loop, I'm not sure yet.

"The objective behind anything that Tegan does in regards to Fraser is all down to Rose, so she gets a bit nasty and tells a few lies when he's horrible to her. She tells a few fibs and tries to get him into trouble. It's definitely going to be an ongoing thing."

Hollyoaks airs weekdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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