Rory Douglas-Speed admits leaving Nadine Mulkerrin and baby Reggie is ‘challenging’ as he returns to Hollyoaks

Rory Douglas-Speed has admitted that returning to work after the birth of his son Reggie has been "challenging."

The 27 year old welcomed his first child with Hollyoaks co-star Nadine Mulkerrin, 26, last month.

But the actor, who played Joel Dexter on the hit Channel 4 soap, has now been forced away from his fiancée and newborn as he headed back to work.

Rory opened up on the difficulty of leaving them behind, admitting he was finding the whole experience "a whirlwind" in an interview with Mirror Online.

He said: "It's crazy, it's like everything anybody ever explained it as or tells you.

"It's terrifying but so exciting, it's been a whirlwind few weeks and being back here has made it a little bit more difficult and a little bit more challenging, but no it's amazing and we're both loving it."

Aside from the difficulty of missing his newborn son, Rory admitted he is also battling tiredness on set, and catching up during takes.

He continued: "I’m a lot more tired than I usually am which I think is a given.

"It's brilliant cos there's a new energy on set with Jamie [Lomas] coming back and it's been a ball so far.

"I’m loving it and I don’t tell Nadine this but if I’ve got a couple of hours off in the afternoon, I go for a sleep in the green room!"


New mum Nadine — who plays Cleo McQueen on the show — also recently opened up on being on set, discussing how she filmed tense scenes for the soap during her pregnancy.

She told Mirror Online earlier this month: "Everyone was amazing the directors the camera crews everyone looked after me, I ate loads of biscuits, I got to sit down a lot.

"I did keep thinking, Reggie is going to be thinking my mum is mental because she just keeps screaming the whole time, but hopefully he knows it was just acting.

She added: "It was nice having him, and sometimes I’d be doing a scene and he’d kick and for a second, I’d kind of be taken out of being Cleo.

"I found it quite funny to experience. It was amazing I loved having him in there."

Nadine's explosive final scenes on the soap were aired last week, as Cleo departed from Hollyoaks after a crane fell in the village and left lives of some of the residents hanging in the balance.

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She discovered her boyfriend Mitchell's affair with Scott and after a heart-to-heart with ex Joel Dexter, played by Rory, she left the village.

Nadine recently took her gorgeous newborn son to meet her Hollyoaks co-star Jennifer Metcalfe for the first time.

After reaching out to Jennifer, 36, in the days after giving birth, Nadine shared photos from Reggie's first time meeting the Mercedes McQueen actress.

Taking to Instagram, she posted images of Reggie meeting Jennifer, her boyfriend, former Geordie Shore star Greg Lake, and their son.

Posting to her 472,000 followers on her story, Nadine wrote as if she was Reggie, telling fans: "I cuddled @greglake_ & @missjenjomet today!!"

The post's accompanying image shows Greg beaming as he holds the tot in front of the camera, with Jennifer also showing off a wide grin as she sits alongside her beau.

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