Both actors have experienced similar tragedies themselves, which influenced the way writers handled the story
Coronation Street‘s Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson have been praised for the way they’ve handled the soap’s harrowing stillbirth storyline.
On last night’s episode, we saw Kym’s character Michelle Connor give birth to a baby boy just 23 weeks into her pregnancy.
Heartbreakingly, he was too underdeveloped to survive.
The scenes were made all the more poignant by the fact that both actors have experienced similar tragedies themselves.
After cruel trolls targeted his wife Emma Gleave on Tuesday night, Simon – who plays Michelle’s husband Steve McDonald – revealed that they’ve lost a number of babies.
He said: ‘To the £&)(; who tweeted my wife. We’ve lost 11 baby’s 1st being 21 weeks 4 days. Maybe think or do your research before tweeting someone [sic].’
Kym, 40, lost son Archie after 21 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy, and has said that she hopes her work will ‘honour him’.
Once the programme had aired yesterday, she Tweeted: ‘Thank you everyone for their support for me and @simongregson123 was tough for us both but we hope it raises awareness #breakingthesilence.’
Kym’s eldest daughter Emilie Cunliffe was quick to applaud her mum, writing on her page: ‘Can’t explain how proud I am of my amazing mummy! You’ve Done Arch so proud❤️I love you! Both amazing💖 @msm4rsh @simongregson123.’
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Emma said: ‘Amazing performance! No idea how you did that Kym…. true inspiration……@msm4rsh @simongregson123 – extremely proud of you both! Xxx.’
Simon, 42, has opened up about how his and Kym’s experiences influenced the writers, saying: ‘As a bloke you feel completely helpless. Men and women grieve differently.
‘We decided to let Michelle show the raw emotion, but Steve’s grief will come later.’
Kym added: ‘Calling my son a late miscarriage was one of the things that really got to me because I had just given birth to a baby, I didn’t miscarry him.
‘I didn’t know what was in the box until I lifted the lid off. You never get over it, but you learn to live with it, and diving back into that place that I spent years coming out of strangely helped me to realise that I have accepted that it happened to me.
‘There will not be a single day that goes by that I don’t think about him, but I am able to talk and reach out to other people who have been in that situation.’
Coronation Street continues on Friday night at 7.30pm.