The Nest star Sophie Rundle reveals EXPLOSIVE season finale secrets

Sophie Rundle in The Nest
(Image credit: BBC / Studio Lambert / Mark Mainz)

Sophie Rundle, who stars in gripping thriller The Nest, teases what's in store as the tense BBC drama heads towards it's finale....

The Nest, starring Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders), Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and rising star Mirren Mack, has kept us glued to our screens over the past few weeks.

But as the series comes to a close this Easter bank holiday, Sophie who plays music teacher Emily, reveals there are plenty more shocks still to come.

In last week’s episode, vulnerable teen Kaya (Mirren Mack), who’s acting as a surrogate for wealthy couple Dan and Emily, gave birth by emergency Caesarean to a premature baby girl but the arrival of her mother Siobhan (Shirley Henderson) drops a hand-grenade into the drama as the story continues.

Sophie Rundle as Emily in The Nest

Sophie Rundle plays Emily whose desperation to have a baby has sparked a chain of destruction in The Nest (Image credit: BBC / Studio Lambert / Mark Mainz)

TV Times caught up with Sophie, 31, who plays Emily, to hear what shocks are in store as we head towards the thrilling finale and find out how she's been coping during lockdown in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic....

The Nest star Sophie Rundle talks to TV Times in an exclusive interview

TV Times: What new strain does Emily and Dan’s relationship come under?

Sophie Rundle: "The whole way through we’ve seen a couple who really love each other but they come from very different backgrounds and that’s really tested as we go further along. Emily has this sense of entitlement, of having things go her way whereas Dan has had to really earn his place in the world. There’s increasing friction between them and when more revelations come to light they’re at total breaking point as this huge circus unfolds around them."

Dan and Emily played by Sophie Rundle and Martin Compston

Dan (Martin Compston) and Emily (Sophie Rundle) are at breaking point as more shocking revelations come to light (Image credit: BBC / Studio Lambert / Mark Mainz)

TVT: Are there going to be some even bigger shocks as we head towards the finale of The Nest?

SR: "Definitely! It keeps spiralling more and more. Emily makes a huge discovery that will test her loyalty and her love of this baby which pushes her to her very limit."

Shirley Henderson and MIrren Mack in The Nest

The arrival of Kaya's manipulative mum, Siobhan, played by Shirley Henderson, will have terrible consequences in The Nest (Image credit: BBC / Studio Lambert / Mark Mainz)

TVT: What impact will the arrival of Kaya’s mum, Siobhan have?

SR: "There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Kaya’s past. A lot of shadowy figures lurking in corners. Siobhan comes in and completely shakes things up. She throws a bomb into the middle of something that was already completely turbulent. Shirley Henderson is just brilliant as Siobhan."

Shirley Henderson as Siobhan

What dark secrets does Siobhan have and what hold has she got over her daughter Kaya? (Image credit: BBC / Studio Lambert)

TVT: Do you think it will keep viewers guessing right up until the very last minute?

SR: "Definitely, and people will have different ideas of how they think it should end. Even among the cast and crew we all had different ideas on what we thought the ending should be because we didn’t have the final scripts when we started filming. We were like, ‘I think this should happen’ and others were like, “No way, this should happen!’ You’re not quite sure who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong and it continues to challenge who you’re rooting for right to the end."

Dan is played by Martin Compston

Dan (Martin Compston) doesn't know which way to turn as the past comes back to haunt him and Kaya's erratic behaviour escalates in The Nest (Image credit: BBC / Studio Lambert / Mark Mainz)

TVT: Have you been watching along at home on Sunday nights?

SR: "I can’t! (Laughing) I never watch anything I’m in on TV. I just find it really distracting. I read the scripts and get really invested and so to watch it back and see my face, I’m like, ‘Why am I on the telly, I want to see what Emily’s doing!’  I tend to watch bits quietly on my laptop later on."

TVT: Have you been reading all the comments online? There’s been so much enthusiasm for The Nest...

SR: "It’s a hard thing when you’re actually in something. It's a slippery slope to start reading comments because you read one bad thing and then you live with that forever. But what's been really nice is that people have been reaching out and messaging, surprising people who I haven’t spoken to for ages saying, ‘I’m really loving it’ and a lot of people have been sending messages along the lines of, ‘I’ve got a friend who’s struggling to conceive, or who is going through IVF'. I'm glad people are enjoying it. It's such extraordinary time right now, it's nice for people to escape into something thrilling and addictive."

TVT: How has the current coronavirus lockdown situation affected TV projects you were filming?

SR: "Everything has completely stopped. Today I was meant to be on set for Peaky Blinders but that’s all been pushed back and then we were supposed to be filming Gentleman Jack in June and the same with that. I can’t really work from home with my job!  But it’s definitely a good time to watch telly. I think when everything settles down there is going to be this wealth of amazing film scripts, books to read, amazing TV because people will have had time to take stock and create.

Emily in The Nest played by Sophie Rundle

Emily's tested in ways she could never have imagined when she makes discoveries about Dan

TVT: How have you been keeping safe and sane at home?

SR: "I’m ashamed to admit it but I’m actually loving just having time at home right now. I really like my partner, my house, my dog, so I’ve just been reading a lot, cooking, doing yoga in the back garden, going for walks in the park. Talk to me in another two weeks and I’ll probably be going crazy."

TVT: Has there been a good sense of community where you live in London?

SR: "Yes, we have low fences in our back gardens which means we can talk to our neighbours from a safe distance. We've all been doing the clap for the NHS. Our street is really long and  it's just the most beautiful moment to see everybody out on their doorsteps, at their windows and hear cars tooting their horns. It's an amazing thing."

TVT: And on a much lighter note, with Easter coming up this weekend, are you a chocolate fan and what would your ultimate Easter egg be?

SR: "I’m a massive chocolate fan. My dream Easter egg would be a giant Ferrero Rocher with a huge hazelnut inside and all the delicious chocolaty Nutella stuff. I’d love to just get in a bathtub of Nutella… that would be ideal!"

The Nest is on BBC1, 9pm, Easter Sunday and concludes on Easter Monday, 9pm, BBC1

Pictures: (c) Studio Lambert - Photographer: Mark Mainz

Tess Lamacraft
Senior Writer for What's On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite week,

Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.