Verity Rushworth was 'nervous' about Doctors debut

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 October 2020
Verity and Ian as Lily and Al

Verity Rushworth and Ian Midlane as Lily and Al

Former 'Emmerdale' actress Verity Rushworth was "nervous" about joining BBC Daytime soap 'Doctors', but she soon felt at ease after watching three of her episodes back

Verity Rushworth was "really nervous" about making her 'Doctors' debut.

The former 'Emmerdale' star – who played Donna Windsor on the ITV soap from 1998 to 2014 – has rocked up in Letherbridge as The Mill's temporary receptionist Lily Walker, and while she was only able to film on the BBC Daytime soap for seven days before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown intervened, the star felt at ease after seeing three of her episodes on screen before returning to set.

She said: "I was really nervous.

"But I was so fortunate getting to see three of my episodes on screen before we came back – normally you'd film a whole storyline without seeing anything.

"So the nerves went away after that."

Despite only doing a week's worth of filming before lockdown, Verity kept in touch with her co-star Ian Midlane (Al Haskey), and the pair have now become "really good friends".

Asked if she is enjoying working with Ian, she said: "It's been absolutely brilliant.

"He stayed in touch throughout lockdown – I'd only done seven days of filming before we were sent home, and it was such an uncertain time.

"But he kept me in the loop, and we've become really good friends."

And things are also going well on-screen between Lily and Al, too.

Verity added to Inside Soap magazine: "There's something bubbling.

"Al makes her laugh, and there's been chemistry between them straight away. I can't say more than that just now, but I think they'd be very well-suited, they get on so well.

"She tells Al how it is, which I think he secretly quite likes."

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