‘EastEnders’ actress Rakhee Thakrar has appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’, to discuss the importance of the soap’s upcoming stillbirth storyline.
Her character Shabnam Masood will suffer a devastating stillbirth in Friday’s (28 August) episode of the soap, and Rakhee has now outlined why the plot is so important.
"Shabnam has been suspecting that something is wrong for some time," she explained. "Her body has been trying to tell her something.
“But this is a girl who really doesn't want to go there because her baby dying is the unthinkable. So it's not on her radar.
"She doesn't want to worry anyone either or - want for a better word - make a fuss. But there is something wrong.”
Rakhee added: "I really hope this shows that there really is no harm in expectant mothers picking up their phone and calling their midwife if they are concerned.
“This is the message we are trying to get across."
Previously released spoiler pictures have hinted at how the loss will affect Shabnam, and by the looks of things, she’ll seek support from a seemingly unlikely person.
The ‘EastEnders’ team have worked with the charity Sands to ensure that the storyline is handled sensitively and appropriately, and their bereavement support services manager Erica Stewart previously stated: “The death of a baby is rarely talked about. Many people shy away from the issue, others have a misconception that this is a thing of the past.
“We hope that with a TV drama as popular as ‘EastEnders’ covering this heartbreaking experience, it will help to lift the taboo, and raise awareness of all the issues that surround the death of a baby.
“We worked closely with the writers and actors on this storyline. We really appreciate their dedication to ensuring that they portray the impact that the death of a baby has on bereaved families as truthfully as possible. Everyone involved has approached this storyline with incredible sensitivity.”
The scenes will air on Friday 28 August.
If you've been affected by the issues in this article, please contact Sands on 020 7436 5881.