Coronation Street's Catherine Tyldesley jokes she preferred giving birth as Eva Price on tonight’s episode after 38-hour real-life labour

The actress, 34, is leaving the long-running ITV soap in June and has been a cast member since 2011.

The star announced she would be departing Corrie in December last year to focus on other projects and her family.

She has now spoken out about her soap character Eva’s gripping pregnancy plot which sees her go into labour while trapped alone in the bathroom of a remote cottage.

She jokingly said: “I was in labour for 38 hours with Alfie – the little monkey! So give me the screen birth any day!”

Catherine put a lot of effort into filming the scenes and drew on her own experience of being in labour with her boy Alfie, who is now aged three.


She told the Daily Express: “I remembered how I was in labour – it just brought everything back.

“We spent a lot of time filming it, so I hope it looks as real as it can be.

“We were there for eight hours, so by the end of the day I actually felt like I’d given birth. I was shattered!”

Her character Eva recently left Weatherfield and was hiding out in a cottage in a bid to hide her pregnancy.

She had agreed to hand over the baby to Toyah Battersby, played by Georgia Taylor, after the birth.

But she ends up falling in love with the newborn and wants to keep her as her own daughter rather than let Toyah adopt her.

Catherine told her fans to expect drama in upcoming episodes of Corrie.

Posting a picture on Instagram this weekend of herself holding the baby on set, she wrote: “Tomorrow night @itv @coronationstreet #Eva gives birth to this beauty #Suzie…

"I'd tell you it's not remotely dramatic or high stakes… but that would be a lie… you may need to watch behind a pillow #justsayin

"One Born Every Minute ain't got nowt on Weatherfield folk!"

On her decision to leave Coronation Street, Catherine said: "I'm looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into another project.

"And travelling with my family before Alfie starts school."


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