Video: Stars of Leeds-set baby drama meet real-life mums

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They’re used to pushing prams around Leeds – but normally it’s on screen in the hit BBC One drama In The Club.

Actresses Taj Atwal and Hannah Midgley got some real life parenting practice as they met mums and their little ones for a pushchair walk around the city centre.

Chrisi Nicholson-Bennet and her baby Jasper Bennett with Taj Atwal and Hannah Midgley.

Chrisi Nicholson-Bennet and her baby Jasper Bennett with Taj Atwal and Hannah Midgley.

The pair starred as new mums Jasmin and Rosie in the first series of the programme penned by Leeds writer Kay Mellor.

Now they’re set to take central roles in the new series, which is due to return to television screens soon and picks up the stories of six mums who met at a parentcraft class.

Yesterday Taj and Hannah headed back to Leeds to talk to local mums and for a special screening of the show at the Everyman Cinema.

Hannah – who was born and still lives in Bradford – said: “It’s lovely to be able to do something like this and get involved with the public.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

“It’s also nice to have a job which was based in Leeds because it meant I wasn’t far away.

“With this series, just as we started filming, my sister-in-law and brother had a baby so it was great to be able to do auntie duties.”

In the first series, Hannah was involved in one of the most dramatic storylines as 15-year-old schoolgirl Rosie, who kept her pregnancy a secret.

Hannah said the new episodes, which take place 10 months on, would show how Rosie had adapted to motherhood.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

“She’s coping really well with being a mum. She has got her little family.

“She does have a dip but everything comes back up for her – it’s a lovely storyline.”

Hannah and Taj joined the mums for a warm-up at Trinity Leeds followed by a stroll, led by Claire Sparrow who runs Pramercise classes in the city.

Taj, who has previously starred in Sky One’s Stella and Miranda, said it was great to be back in Leeds.

“People love Kay because she brings it back home. She makes a lot of use of this beautiful city.”

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