James Nesbitt and Hermione Norris confess their shock at surprising Cold Feet love twist

The Hobbit, Lucky Man, The Missing… James Nesbitt has starred in all sorts of films and TV shows. Yet it doesn’t matter how many roles he tallies up, he’ll always be known to TV fans as ‘Adam from Cold Feet’.

The same goes for Hermione Norris. She had long running and popular spells in hit dramas like Spooks, Kingdom and Wire in the Blood. But it’s only really as the strong-willed and boozy Karen Marsden from Mike Bullen’s Cold Feet that she gets recognised.

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Viewers were surprised when Adam and Karen grew close in the last series, but no more surprised than the actors playing the roles. James and Hermione admit to OK! in this week’s issue that they never saw it coming.

“We were as surprised as anyone,” reveals James, who is dad to daughters, Mary, 18, and 22 year-old Peggy with his ex Sonia Forbes-Adam.

We asked both if either would have put Karen and Adam together?

“I think you’d have big odds on Karen and Adam being together a while ago,” replies James. “They’d been close for a long time and so much groundwork had been done.”

“They’re finding each other in a way they never thought they would. We worried that it might be too shocking. Did it sully the memory of Rachel? But it’s lovely to play. Karen isn’t afraid to tell Adam to shut up and Hermione is good at that!”

“When an audience is invested, they want the best for the characters,” Hermione – who has a 12 year-old daughter called Hero and 15 year-old son named Wilf with her screenwriter husband Simon Wheeler – offers up. “Whether or not they feel they should be together.”

What’s it like kissing each other?

“It’s brilliant! Hermione loves it!” James quips. “I get so shy. It’s a bit exposing. You think, am I too old for this?”

“I find it gets harder as I get older,” admits Hermione. “You feel quite vulnerable.”

County Antrim-born James thinks he knows the enduring appeal of Cold Feet and what makes it so successful… “The characters are believable,” he says. “You relate to them. I think we’ve all been through the ups and downs they’ve been through. We’ve all been as lonely, as vulnerable, as happy and as sad as they have.”

To read the full interview, pick up a copy of this week's magazine, out now.

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