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Cheryl Fergison (Heather Trott, 'EastEnders')

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Cheryl Fergison (Heather Trott, 'EastEnders')
It's been nine months in the making and next week, EastEnders' Heather Trott finally drops that almighty bombshell we've been eagerly anticipating - when she gives birth to a healthy baby boy. Oh, and we also discover the answer to that all-important question: 'Who's The Daddy?' Heather's surprise baby shower ends in panic when her waters suddenly break, so with that, Pat hotwires Shirley's ice cream van and rushes everyone to hospital where Heather welcomes her son into the world. What does Heather call her bundle of joy? How does she inform the baby's daddy that he has a son? We recently gave Cheryl Fergison a call to find out more.

At the beginning of the week, Heather ends up going on maternity leave…
"It's Heather's last day at the Minute Mart and she's hinting that she's leaving to everyone that walks in and they don't care! Patrick even says that Heather can finish the shift early and go home. Heather's really down at this point and Patrick suddenly emerges from the shop and she thinks he's remembered but he's only out there to take her tabard and name badge off her!"

Her friends haven't forgotten, though, have they?
"Well, when Heather gets home, there's Peggy, Patrick and Pat waiting for her. Shirley appears in a Halloween disguise, too! They've arranged this baby shower for her and Heather's made up. Heather reminisces with Patrick about children as the whole thing brings back memories for him when he was a younger father. It's quite a sweet bonding session between them."

All doesn't go quite to plan, though, does it?
"No - it literally all goes splash! Heather's waters break. That was an interesting concept to try and make that look real. We had several ideas about balloons and gloves filled with water. In the end, I had this balloon between my legs and burst it with my nutcracker thighs. You just see this huge gush! I have to admit, I don't remember a gush myself, but in true EastEnders style, we have a water display! It's all a bit of a shocker and everyone starts panicking."

How does she get to the hospital?
"This was an interesting one! Pat hotwires Shirley's ice cream van because Shirley's nowhere to be seen. I think she's doing some skulduggery with Phil at that point. So Pat, Peggy, Patrick and Heather are all in the back and rush to the hospital. It's like something from a comedy film!"

Heather makes the most random choice of birthing partner, doesn't she?
"Heather doesn't really get a choice because Pat and Peggy are still arguing about their respective families and Patrick's the one who has to wheel me into the room, so he ends up as the birthing partner."

How does Heather cope during the birth?
"She takes quite good control, actually. She sees that Patrick's not really up to it and desperately wants to leave the room but Heather doesn't want him to go. She's a bit perturbed, though, because she doesn't have her birthing kit with her! There are some very funny moments where Heather starts reciting all the Wham CDs and chart positions to help her through. At one point, it gets really painful for her and Patrick starts singing 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' and I join in! I ask Patrick to be godfather, too. He's made up about that."

And she has a baby boy… How did the gender mix-up come about?! What does she call him?
"Yeah, Heather thought she was having a baby girl, but when it's born, Patrick tells her that she has a boy! She has this moment where she realises that George Michael has been the only man in her life for years and years and there's this lovely moment where she has the baby in her arms and picks up her purse, takes out a picture of George Michael and speaks to her own little boy and says that he's now her George Michael, before putting the photo in the bin…"

Do you think Heather will be a good mum?
"Heather will be a fantastic mum. She'll make a few mistakes but with Shirley, they'll have a lot of fun and laughs. Heather has a great love for children anyway."

Then Heather decides to contact the father…
"This is where I think the writing's been really clever. When you watch it, you'll see what I mean. They have the suspects - Minty, Phil, Darren and Billy - and all their phones ring. Heather leaves a voicemail on the daddy's phone to let them know that they've become a dad. There are several cuts to all the various suspects and you see each of them flying to the hospital…"

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