Dawn Steele cried at end of Wild of Heart

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Dawn Steele

Dawn Steele

'Wlld at Heart' actress Dawn Steele "cried like a baby" when filming on the final episode of the ITV1 drama came to end, and admits she will miss working with the animals the most.

Dawn Steele "cried like a baby" after filming the final episode of 'Wild at Heart'.

The 37-year-old actress - who plays Trevanion family matriarch Alice - admits she was was very emotional when shooting on the long-running ITV1 drama, which follows the lives of a family who run a game reserve for wild animals in South Africa, wrapped for good in September.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she said: "For me, it has been the best job I have ever done, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we will probably never get to do that again.

"At the end we had a big party but I was hysterical. I am such a cry baby anyway since I have had [my daughter] Coco.

"I mean it has really helped with my acting - if anyone wants me to cry, I can do that, no problem!"

Dawn - who joined the show in 2009, replacing 'Britain's Got Talent' judge Amanda Holden - will definitely miss the cast and crew, including her on-screen husband Stephen Tompkinson and Lucy-Jo Hudson, but she will always have a special place in her heart for the show's non-human cast.

She added: "It wasn't just the amazing friends I have made on set, it is all the animals.

"I mean some of them, like the lions, I have seen as babies, and held them in my arms and now they are all grown up and you just feel like part of this family.

"It is not just saying goodbye to a job but to a way of life."

'Wild at Heart' first hit screens in January 2006 and has run for seven series.

The final episode airs on ITV1 on Sunday (30.12.12).


1. Tilley20 Feb 2013, 8:33pm Report

What a wonderful serial this was, I can't understand why ITV had to axe it. Its always the same though isn't it get comfortable watching something and then its axed, its the same with Heartbeat. Thankfully both are repeated on ITV3.

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