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Restless spirit: the widow character has been wandering the TV hills since 1986
Restless spirit: the widow character has been wandering the TV hills since 1986

The Scottish widow, that enigmatic siren who walks the hills in a long black cloak, is to have a baby this summer – in real life of course rather than as part of an advertising narrative to sell yet more Scottish Widows life and pensions business.

In fact this will be Hayley Hunt’s second child – the actress and her husband James Lutman had their first, daughter Mia, in July 2008.

Hunt, Chatroom is informed, is the first Scottish widow to have a baby while playing the role. For those interested in scoring highly in Trivial Pursuit the widow character first appeared on our television screens in 1986 when she was portrayed by Deborah Moore, daughter of James Bond actor Roger.

In 1994 the role was taken over by Amanda Lamb, also known as a presenter of A Place In The Sun. In May 2005 Lamb was succeeded by Hunt who will continue in the role.

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