Poldark star Gabriella Wilde was so keen to combine motherhood with her role in the BBC’s hit period drama that she had her costumes adapted so she could breastfeed her baby, Skye, on set in Cornwall.
Now, the 32-year-old actress, who comes from the aristocratic Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe family, has revealed that her son, now three , was recently admitted to hospital for an undisclosed condition.On Monday, the actress shared an Instagram photo of her youngest son Skye, three, in a hospital bed as she paid tribute to the NHS for their care.
‘Earlier this week my darling Skye was being cared for by the incredible team of doctors and nurses @ruhbath hospital. I am so deeply grateful to all of those angels who looked after him and I with such grace and care,’ Gabriella wrote.
She went on to pay tribute to the National Health Service, writing: ‘Thank you thank you thank you for everything you do and all the sacrifices you make to take care of and heal others.’‘I am so grateful to live in a country with national health care . It is something we must NEVER take for granted. Skye is now well and home playing with his brothers ’
Gabriella shares three sons with her singer-songwriter husband Alan Pownall Sasha, eight, Shiloh, six and Skye.Tribute to NHS: ‘I am so deeply grateful to all of those angels who looked after him and I with such grace and care,’ Gabriella wrote on Instagram
In 2020, during her time playing Caroline Penvenen in Poldark, the doting mum revealed that staff on the hit BBC series worked around her baby needs with Skye, including adapting her period costumes to make them breastfeeding-friendly. ‘I have never been one for making demands,’ she told Country and Town House magazine.
‘The only time I have is when I brought my baby on set. He was four months old when we started filming the third series of Poldark. Brilliantly, the entire filming schedule was laid around his feeding time.
‘My costumes were especially designed so that I could feed him. He was sick on me nearly every day which gave the costume designers a bit of a heart attack since you can’t really wash these elaborate costumes.’
The series, based on the novels of Winston Graham, focused on the burgeoning relationship between Cornwall gentleman Ross Poldark and his scullery maid turned wife, Demelza .