Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn has revealed she will be taking a break from the soap after her three-year-old son was hospitalised.
The 38-year-old told fans that she would be leaving her character, Mandy Richardson, behind as she concentrates on aiding the recovery of her son after he fell ill.
In her first post on social media for a couple weeks, Sarah shared the worrying news about her son, Stanley, and and how it was affecting her.
She captioned the pic: “I’ve had the most emotionally draining & stressful week of my life.
“I can’t wait for my little man to be back to full health first & foremost.
“Then I can’t wait to be back on set doing a job that I love & working with people that make me smile.”
Sarah hasn’t disclosed what has hospitalised her son apart from it being an ‘illness’.
She has since posted a photo of herself with Hollyoaks co-star Steph Waring, enjoying time together on the set of the Channel 4 soap.
Sarah wrote alongside the pic: “Love ya @stephwaring. Fingers crossed it won’t be much longer before I’m back.”
It would seem that Sarah is being missed, with co-star Chelsee Healey commenting on the post: “Been thinking about you and stanley sending lots of love luck and prayers.”
Sarah has reprised her role a number of times on the soap after originally having a 12-year stint from 1996.
She has been involved in some of the soap’s darker storylines, with Mandy revealing she was sexually abused as child before being raped by her husband.
The character’s daughter also died and her current unborn son in the soap has been diagnosed with spina bifida.
Speaking to The Sun Online, Sarah said that it can be difficult to leave the role behind when in the midst of a harrowing storyline: “Sometimes you come home at the end of the day and you’ve been crying all day you can’t switch off.
“You can become consumed with it and spend a lot of your time reading scripts and learning lines for the next day so if you’ve got a long day you often don’t switch off.
“It’s because you’re straight in from work, you have your tea, and then it’s ‘Right I’ve got to look at my scenes for tomorrow and back into heavy stuff again’.
“But the show’s good with us, we balance things nicely with nice story lines in between.
“You might have a few months of it being full on [misery], but you know that that’s not forever.”
Sarah has not indicated how long she will be away from the soap as she supports her son.
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