Shelagh McLeod TV Times Interview – April 1996

 Mending Dr Will’s broken heart could be a long job reveals actress Shelagh McLeod

You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief around the nation as the charming Will Preston and stunning, dark-haired fellow physician Kate Webster finally make it plain they’re in love.

After all the pain and sorrow Peak Practice’s favourite medic has been through with his marriage break-up, surely that’s what the good doctor deserves…

The actress putting a smile back on those gorgeous lips, 36-year-old Shelagh McLeod, couldn’t wait to work with her old pal Simon Shepherd who plays Will. ‘We were neighbours 12 years ago and have stayed mates ever since,’ she explains.

But filming in Derbyshire has meant long absences from her second husband, property developer Marek, and their nine-month old baby, Katherine. ‘I miss them very much but Marek’s been a fantastic dad while I’ve been away,’ says Shelagh who met him five years ago at a dinner party and ‘liked him straight away’.

It’s a similar story to her on-screen romance which, reveals Shelagh, is more than just a flash in the pan. ‘There was a physical attraction between Will and Kate from the start, a real chemistry whenever they met. They have a lot in common, too. Like Will, Kate also has a broken marriage behind her and is scared of committing to another person again. But they do fall in love. Being in the same profession and at a similar age, there’s a lot to draw them together.’

‘And’ hints Shelagh, ‘as well as romantic developments, there’s a real cliff-hanger at the end of the series.’

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