Coronation Street star Dolly Rose Campbell reveals why Gemma Winter will be ABSENT from our screens this Christmas

Coronation Street - Gemma Winter played by Dolly-Rose
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Coronation Street actress Dolly Rose Campbell has revealed we won't be seeing much of new mum Gemma on screen this Christmas - and here's why...

Coronation Street's new parents Gemma Winter and Chesney Brown have had their work cut out since their quads arrived in October and, with four babies to look after, their Christmas is going to be far from quiet.

But actress Dolly Rose Campbell has told What's On TV that we won't be seeing a lot of the new family of six on screen this Christmas.

Gemma Winter with Bernie in Coronation Street

Gemma and Chesney are set to have a Christmas with a difference this year... (Picture: ITV)

With the filming schedules getting busier in the run up to Christmas, it's understandable that organising filming with newborn babies would be tricky... which means Gemma and Chesney are left to enjoy their first Christmas with their four babies off camera, instead of on screen.

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But Dolly has revealed what she thinks it would be like at Gemma and Chesney's on Christmas Day...

"It's going to be total chaos, complete pandemonium... it is probably best that we don't see much of them on screen," she joked. "All Gemma and Chesney would like for Christmas is a little bit of help, or maybe some sleep!"

And Sam Aston, who plays loveable Chesney has also confirmed that Christmas Day is going to be bedlam for his character... "We won't see much of Gemma and Chesney on Christmas Day - everything is just going on around them.

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Dolly Rose Campbell has revealed that Gemma and Chesney will be asking Santa for some sleep this year! (Picture: ITV)

"It's just crazy in that house though, they're trying to get through that initial period of coping with the madness of having four babies.

"There are a lot of scenes coming up where we get one baby settled, and then another one starts crying and wakes the other three up! I can't imagine how people cope with it in real life."

But both Sam and Dolly have admitted that having the four babies will bring their characters closer together in 2020...

Chesney gives Gemma Winter a cuddle in Coronation Street

2020 is looking bright but chaotic for Gemma and Chesney (Picture: ITV)

"There will be lots of challenges but having four kids has made them a solid family unit and as long as they always remember that, they should be alright," laughs Sam.

Dolly adds: "They have got lots of interesting stories planned, and there is more with Bernie and Paul.

"But there is also their wedding... I don't know when it is going to happen, but it would be nice if they didn't do it straight away. It would be great to have the children involved, they could be page boys and bridesmaids!"

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.