Hazel Rhodes isolates herself in Jackson's room

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 July 2011
Pauline Quirke

Pauline Quirke

Emmerdale's Hazel Rhodes is set to create a shrine for her dead son Jackson and barricade herself in his room

Emmerdale's Hazel Rhodes is set to barricade herself in her late son's room.

The shop assistant - who has recently suffered the loss of quadriplegic son Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) after he committed suicide, assisted by his partner Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) - will create a shrine to her boy as she struggles to deal with the loss.

Pauline Quirke - who plays the grieving mother - said: "Reality has hit home for Hazel, and she's not coping very well at all.

"Turning Jackson's room into a memorial is her way of coping. She just wants to be where he was, and she's not mixing with anyone or going out. It's not healthy."

The 51-year-old actress explained Hazel - who turned down the chance to help her son take his own life - is feeling "terribly guilty" at the prospect of Aaron going to prison for helping Jackson kill himself.

She added to Inside Soap magazine: "Hazel is pretty terrified at the prospect of Aaron going to jail for killing Jackson. She feels terribly guilty that Aaron had to step in and help Jackson after she buckled at the last minute.

"The last thing she wants is for Aaron to end up behind bars. She's already lost one boy and doesn't want to lose another, so she's really worried about standing up in court and giving evidence - she feels under immense pressure to get everything right."

Pauline - whose reported £100,000 contract with the programme finishes at Christmas - recently revealed she is quitting the ITV1 soap to concentrate on bringing sitcom 'Birds of a Feather' to the stage next year.

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