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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Leigh Arnold tells of her devastating year after the death of her baby

BY EIMEAR RABBITTE

Published 08/02/2014 | 09:36

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Guests arrive at Claire Malone's 'Create Your Night' 5th Birthday party in Lillies Bordello, Dublin, Ireland - 06.02.14. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Leigh Arnold
Leigh Arnold at Claire Malone's 'Create Your Night' 5th Birthday party in Lillies Bordello
The actress is still grieving the loss of her baby son last year
Leigh Arnold and baby Hunter

ACTRESS Leigh Arnold has spoken publicly for the first time about her struggle following the sudden death of her newborn baby.

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The actress's second son  Flynn, died suddenly in his sleep just two weeks after his birth, in May 2013.

Nine months on from her heartbreaking loss, Leigh told the Herald that she is not yet ready to return to work as an actor.

And she said she is still rebuilding her confidence following "the most awful year of my life".

Speaking about acting roles, the brave actress said: "I'm not ready; it's too soon.

"It's been the most awful year of my life and I would very much like to have the confidence to go out and start looking again, but we're just taking it one day at a time," she told the Herald.

"I very much want to get into it, but at the moment everything is baby steps." The former Clinic star is now looking to the future and is currently finalising plans for her wedding to long-term partner Steve this summer.

The Manchester-based couple were initially planning to walk down the aisle in Ireland last August, but pushed back the nuptials after baby Flynn passed away.

Leigh and Steve will exchange vows in a low-key ceremony overseas this May.

"We are not getting married in Ireland, we're getting married abroad," she told the Herald.

"It's going to be very intimate because I had a very tough year so we are keeping it very small."

The 34-year-old also said that she finds it difficult to spend time away from her two-year-old son Hunter, who will have a very special role on her wedding day. "He is going to be ring bearer, he is going to be the main man," she said, laughing.

Her last acting role here, TV3 drama Deception was panned by critics, but Leigh said that Irish audiences were just not ready for the hard hitting programme.

"I am so proud of it, but I think it was touching on nerves that people weren't ready for," she said.

The brunette was back in Dublin this week to attend the 5th birthday celebration of events company, Create Your Night, at the newly refurbished Lillie's Bordello.

Create Your Night is the brainchild of Leigh's best friend Claire Malone, who will both perform and take the role of maid of honour at Leigh's wedding.

"We planned Create together in my kitchen five years ago over a few bottles of wine and here we are now," said Leigh.

(The Herald)

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