Emmerdale’s Isabel Hodgins says the trauma of giving birth on screen has put her off having kids.

Isabel, 26, who plays Victoria Sugden in the soap, gives birth in an episode which will be screened over New Year – after getting pregnant by her rapist.

The actress prepared for the big push by watching Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute and live births on YouTube.

Emmerdale's Victoria Sugden fell pregnant with her rapist's baby

She said: “It hasn’t made me broody at all because I know what’s to come. It’s exhausting – well done anyone who does it. But no thank you.”

Isabel’s character was raped on a night out by a man called Lee, played by Kris Mochrie.

She was ­determined to make the birth of their baby as realistic as possible.

Isabel said: “I didn’t want anyone to pick apart the performance but I had nothing to draw on as I’ve never had to give birth.

“My sister is a mum of two kids under three but she was rubbish. She was just like, ‘I can’t remember’.

Isabel Hodgins watched live births on YouTube to prepare for the heart wrenching scenes

“I also asked Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle, as she gave birth in July.

“She explained how you’re relieved that baby is safe once you hear that cry.

“I also watched One Born Every Minute and videos on YouTube of women giving birth.

“I wanted my scenes to be believable so thank you to those women.”

Read More

Top news stories today