All Creatures Great and Small's Lara Steward 'teared up' over cast's 'moving' tribute

All Creatures Great and Small fans will be anticipating the fourth series of the Channel 5 show, with Mrs Hall having made a big adjustment in her life.

Season three of the period drama saw actress Lara Steward arrive as Penny, who made a small appearance in a heartbreaking episode focussing on Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) and her son Edward.

Mrs Hall found help and support through a surprising stranger when she waited at the train station for her son to arrive.

Penny is a deaf volunteer at the station and was on hand to offer Mrs Hall a place to wait and a cup of tea to calm her.

In real-life, Lara has been profoundly deaf since she was three years old and has a cochlear implant. 

Speaking about her experience behind the scenes of the show with PBS, the actress revealed a sweet gesture made by the cast and crew after filming her scenes were complete.

Describing an incredible moment when Lara wrapped the episode, she said: “I still tear up at the thought of that moment.

“When I was wrapped (finished all of my scenes), Andy delivered a moving speech to which everybody on the set responded with deaf applause. It’s a waving of the hands rather than clapping.”

She added: “It really touched me, as it meant that they have taken the time to learn some of my culture and thanked me for my work through it.”

Lara also explained how All Creatures Great and Small director, Andy Hay, went above and beyond to ensure she had a good experience.

“Being deaf like Penny allowed me to bring authenticity to the role with the communication not only with Mrs Hall, but also with my fellow deaf colleague”, Lara said. 

“When filming I have an interpreter at all times. Throughout the filming, I had a team of three glorious British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters who ensured that I had all the information at all times.

“[Director] Andy Hay also learned a few signs, such as action and cut, so that was a really lovely experience.”

All Creatures Great and Small seasons 1-3 are available to watch on My5.