Silent Witness' Nikki Alexander twist stuns fans

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Silent Witness spoilers follow.

Silent Witness just conjured up a heartbreaking twist for Emilia Fox's Dr Nikki Alexander.

Following yesterday's (May 23) premiere with Sam Ryan's grand return, the death of the health secretary continued to turn hairs grey amongst the pathological investigators unit tonight (May 24), but a DNA match on the bullet casings quickly changed everything.

Tom Faulkner, played by newcomer Matthew Gravelle, was identified as a suspect, who happened to be Nikki's ex-husband and father of their stillborn child.

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Addressing their surprise connection during a chat with colleague (and occasional bed mate) Jack Hodgson, she revealed: "We were having a baby and I lost it – stillbirth at eight months. It was devastating, I spent my 21st birthday in hospital.

"When I got out, I knew it was over with Tom, I just wanted to be on my own and start again. Wipe the slate. He lost his child and then he lost me, and I barely looked around to see if he was still standing."

Feeling that she owed him for this cold treatment, the doctor went on to add that she's allowing her ex one day to provide evidence that he's been set up, as was his instant claim.

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Writing on social media after Nikki and Jack's revelatory chat, Silent Witness viewers couldn't comprehend what had unfolded.

"Oh my heart hurts," tweeted one person, before two more wrote: "A EX HUBBY AND A BABY?! jesus christ what a twist," and: "Nikki has legitimately completed Tragedy Bingo."

"When I tell you my jaw dropped, wow," read a fourth reaction.

Silent Witness resumes with the third of six parts next Monday (May 30) at 9pm on BBC One.

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby. You can contact the Sands National Helpline on 0808 164 3332, or email

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