Rae Hendrie plays Jess
The old adage 'never work with children or animals' is something actress
Rae Hendrie can't avoid.
As Glenbogle's ghillie, Rae's character, Jess, is forced to take on
more responsibilities running the estate as well as her fair share of
babysitting duties with new brother, Cameron.
And Rae admits that - initially at least - she had doubts about being
left holding the baby.
She says: "When I first read the script I was thinking 'this is going
to be a nightmare', but they are the most chilled-out babies I have
ever comes across. As soon as the cameras roll they fall asleep, which
"I wouldn't say they've made me broody at the moment - but then again,
if I could be promised babies that were as well- behaved as that I might
change my mind," she jokes.
There's a new sense of maturity surrounding Jess this year, both at
home and in her work life. And, as Rae explains, when it comes to Jess's
relationship with Golly (played by Sandy Morton), baby
Cameron brings the once-estranged father and daughter even closer together.
"Golly knows he can rely on Jess and he appreciates all she is doing,
which, in turn, pleases her. I suppose Jess - along with Molly - becomes
Cameron's surrogate mother figure and I must say I do really enjoy filming
with the babies that play him," she adds.
However, Jess's new workload, coupled with being Golly's rock and babysitter,
means she has little or no time to meet new people, let alone to find
"Jess is under a lot more pressure this series, what with doing the
jobs of two people on the estate and worrying about her dad. She doesn't
really have a minute for herself, never mind looking elsewhere for a
Perhaps it's just as well because Duncan (played by Hamish
Clark) is still very much in her thoughts and his return brings
bittersweet emotions for Jess.
On one hand, she's delighted to see him back, but on the other she's
angry because he hasn't kept in touch with her since he left.
"Initially she's not that chuffed about seeing him, you know, a woman
scorned and all that. Duncan left her in the lurch and while she feels
she can enjoy him being back eventually, she's going to make him suffer
a bit first.
"Then I think she expects them both to fall back into the old
routine, but I'm not sure that's really a good idea for either of them,"
admits Selkirk-born Rae.
"It's so nice that Hamish is coming back and we have a chance to finish
the storyline, because last time there weren't any goodbyes or anything
like that. He just sneaked off and left her. Typical bloke, eh?"
In between series of Monarch of the Glen, Rae appeared in the classic
comedy London Assurance at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, which
was swiftly followed by guest roles in BBC dramas Holby City and Murphy's
She says: "I finished the play on the Saturday and I started shooting
for Holby - playing a woman pregnant with twins - on the Monday, which
was just bizarre because I had to learn the lines so quickly.
"I only got the script dropped off to me at the hairdresser's
on the Sunday. Well, I looked a right sight and was so desperate to
get my roots done. I just thought, there is no way I'm going on the
telly with my hair looking like that."