Ben Daniels is Finn Bevan
A desperate man will take desperate measures in order to keep the woman
and the baby he loves.
Finn Bevan is that desperate man and he finds that secrets and lies
have a way of revealing themselves when you least expect them to.
"Finn is desperate to keep the woman that he loves and Allie is the
only woman that he has ever really wanted to have a baby with. And it's
so awful that the baby is not his," says Ben Daniels, who plays troubled
businessman Finn Bevan.
"He organises everything around that but he over-organises and over-compensates
because the baby isn't his.
"Everything that he does in this series - the mistakes he makes,
the avenues he goes down - are all to do with the fact that he is not
the father of this baby. And the very surprising thing that happens
is that he falls in love with it. It's just so dreadful for him!
"Finn is so desperate that the secret (about his vasectomy) doesn't
come out that there is a fallout between him and Eugene (Pearce Quigley).
Eugene knows the truth and he feels Finn should tell Allie!"
A real natural around babies, Ben took to on-screen fatherhood like
a duck to water, much like the character he plays.
"Finn is a brilliant parent and a fantastic father. Much better than
Allie," Ben reveals. "He takes care of the baby when she can't and he
copes with meals, all the time knowing that Allie is in love with Gavin.
"I love kids. I really enjoyed having them around on set. It was good
fun," explains the 39-old-year actor.
"It was tough though to have something who isn't acting with you in
a scene, who has no concept of what you're trying to do, wriggling right
next to your face in the middle of an intense emotional scene! It was
difficult keeping things going when you thought constantly - is it going
"Babies were quite well-behaved with the exception of the farting and
burping babies," laughs Ben. "This was the funniest thing to happen
on set, particularly in the middle of a scene! I love kids, they make
me laugh!" he says affectionately.
The Olivier award-winning actor, who is normally unfazed by public
attention, is having to get used to it.
"I really felt like public property this time round which I don't really
like at all. There was a phone with a camera peeping though vegetables
while I was out shopping a few weeks ago," he recalls with irritated
"There were no Sex And The City nights with the girls this year because
it was on far too late. We had a couple of Footballers' Wives nights
instead but we just talked all the way through it and drank.
"After filming, I'm off to India for the first time," Ben says excitedly.
"It's an early 40th birthday present.
"In a few weeks time I'll be in a play at the National entitled Iphigenia
by Euripides written in 400 BC. I love doing theatre - it's tough and
keeps you on your toes as an actor. I think it's really hard to do a
show every night and keep it alive but it's a real challenge."