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'Waterloo Road': Shane O'Meara teases Connor, Imogen wedding

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Shane O'Meara and Kirstie Steele in Waterloo Road

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)

Connor and Imogen's wedding day



Waterloo Road couple Connor Mulgrew and Imogen Stewart make the ultimate commitment to each other in tonight's episode (March 7) as they tie the knot in secret.

Connor and Imogen (Kirstie Steele) exchange their vows in an emotional ceremony witnessed by just a handful of their school friends, but their parents are completely in the dark over what's going on.

Digital Spy recently caught up with Shane O'Meara, who plays Connor, to hear all the gossip about the pair's big day.

Why are Connor and Imogen getting married at such a young age?
"Well, they've been through so much together and their relationship has been very intense. If a new viewer tuned in now and saw two 17-year-olds getting married, they'd probably think Connor and Imogen are too young and it's too early. But hopefully the regular viewers will see that it's the next step for them.

"Getting married is a big deal, but because it's Connor and Imogen, it's justified. It's not just some childish infatuation - they are genuinely in love. It's not about showing anyone else or having a big, white wedding - it's about showing it to each other."

Connor doesn't tell his mum Christine about the wedding, but is there a part of him that would like her to be there?
"I think there is. The wedding plans happen so quickly and the reason they don't tell their parents is they've been through so much together, and it's usually outside forces that are trying to pull them apart! The reason they're keeping it quiet is in fear of their plans being ruined.

"Connor and Imogen aren't keeping quiet out of any malice towards their parents, it's just that they're focused on getting married and they're going to deal with the consequences later."

Where do they get married?
"We filmed the wedding in the City Chambers in Glasgow, so the venue is incredible. There's lots of marble, big pillars and it's a really nice setting. There's only a handful of people there, though. Kevin is Connor's best man, Imogen brings in Dynasty, and Rhiannon ends up there too.

"Imogen's wearing a dress and Connor is wearing a suit, but apart from that, it's all quite plain. Plus, the others are in their school uniforms, taking pictures on their camera phones! But it is still very romantic, even though it's all so quiet and secret."

Connor and Imogen's wedding day in Waterloo Road

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)

Connor and Imogen's wedding day



The wedding presents a dilemma for Connor, as it's taking place at the exact same time that Christine wants them to go on holiday to Paris. How does Connor feel about that?
"Connor is completely torn and he feels really guilty. Because Christine is sober now, she's on the same page as Connor. She's being a good mum and they're at a good place.

"Christine mentions wanting to go to Paris, but Connor has obviously already decided to marry Imogen. It adds some more guilt to the situation, but because it all happens so quickly, Connor pushes that to the back of his mind. He's got so much to think about with all of the wedding arrangements."

We've heard that Connor gives his wedding vows in sign language.
"Yeah, that's a romantic thing that Connor decides to do for Imogen, to show that he's putting the effort in. He basically signs his vows over to her and she's not expecting it. It's a very romantic, sweet moment.

"I've seen some of the wedding in the edit, and there's a look of delight on Imogen's face when she sees the effort that he's put in. I had a woman come in and teach me the sign language for my vows, and I actually picked it up quite quickly."

What was the filming day for the wedding like?
"It was one day filming straight through for the wedding and the vows, and it was fun for us. It's always great to be out of our uniforms and wearing something else. It's also a change of scenery when you're away from the school.

"Everything ran quite smoothly during the filming, although I was about 5 minutes late for my pick-up for the wedding scenes, so they all had a bit of a joke that I was getting cold feet!"

Shane O'Meara and Kirstie Steele in Waterloo Road

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)

Connor and Imogen



How would Christine react if she knew about the wedding?
"Christine would definitely try and talk Connor out of it. She's in that place now where she's looking out for Connor, and he is her focus. She definitely would try to make him see sense, even though it wouldn't make a difference.

"I don't think anyone really realises how much Connor and Imogen mean to each other. They just see two 17-year-olds in school uniforms infatuated with each other. But they are in love, they'd even get married in a shed if they had to."

The show takes a break after tonight, so what can we expect from Connor and Imogen in the next block of 10 episodes? Will there be more drama for them?
"There's always more drama! The two of them are happy as a couple at that point. If it's just them two alone, they're happy and perfect. But they are Waterloo Road's star-crossed lovers, so there's always going to be external forces trying to pull them apart. There's definitely more of that to come.

"Dynasty's ex-boyfriend joins the show too, and Connor finds himself in a situation with him, so that's coming up too."

What's been the best part of joining Waterloo Road and playing Connor?
"Probably the people that I've worked with, especially the younger cast. Because we work so closely together and live together too, we're with each other all the time. We form really strong friendships. I know when I'm finished on Waterloo Road, I'm still going to be in contact with these people. I also love Laurie Brett, who plays Christine, to pieces and we get on great.

"As far as Connor goes, I've been really lucky because he's so complex and that's the type of character that I like to tackle. There's so much material to get my teeth into, so I've been blessed with the character."

Shane O'Meara and Kirstie Steele in Waterloo Road

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)

Connor and Imogen



What kind of a reaction have you seen to Connor?
"It's really nice and the fans are all really supportive. Myself and Kirstie's characters seem to have been received well, and the viewers give us good feedback. Hearing their reaction is great. I think the majority of people have taken a shine to Connor and Imogen, so we're lucky with that."

Waterloo Road is on a filming break at the moment, so are you keeping busy or resting?
"A bit of both, really. I've been back with the family over the past few weeks and catching up with some much-needed sleep. But after a while, you do start to get bored and looking for something to do. I'm keeping myself relatively busy, but I'll probably be bored out of my mind soon!"

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