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Amy Conachan Reveals Courtney Campbell’s Hollyoaks Future After Jesse’s Death

January 22, 2020

Hollyoaks star Amy Conachan has opened up over Courtney Campbell’s future in the show following Jesse Donovan’s heartbreaking exit.

Tuesday’s E4 first look episode (January 21) saw Courtney receive the news that Jesse had tragically passed away, after drinking too much on the day of their wedding.

Digital Spy recently caught up with Amy for an insight on what’s next for Courtney following the emotional scenes.

How is Courtney going to react to Jesse’s death?

“It’s total devastation and heartbreak, so for me as an actor, it’s having to play that grief. In the build-up, Courtney and Jesse have had this lovely and joyful relationship together. Hopefully, if we’ve done our jobs correctly, the audience will have wanted them to have a happy ending.

“Jesse’s death is a situation where it’s so shocking to begin with and then we explore the devastation of it. For me to be able to play that, and show that vulnerable side, is challenging but also an absolute gift.”

How did you find out that Jesse was being killed off?

“The producers called me up to tell me that it was going to happen. First of all, I was just so shocked. You can never really predict these things.

“I thought it’d be so sad, especially when I found out exactly how it would happen, because it’s such a real situation. It’s not one of these really far-fetched events that is just built up for the drama of it. That’s where the heartbreak lies, because you could imagine something like this happening in real life.”

Are you glad the show is raising awareness over the dangers of binge drinking?

“Yes, very much so. People will have been drinking more over the festive period and maybe this will make people think more about it and how your body might react. You could be fine one day and not the next. That’s the case here.

“Jesse is not a drinker and we haven’t seen him with alcohol much before, but it’s just one night and that’s it. It will be a shock to people, but it will make them think.”

Will this have a big impact on Courtney?

“Absolutely it does. Courtney is a strong character, who’s there for the people she cares about. I think you’re going to see her vulnerable side, although at first she’s trying to fight that. It’s her instinct to just carry on, keep going and everything will just move on.

“But when you’re talking about grief, which isn’t a simple or linear thing, it doesn’t work out that way. I hope, as long as I’ve done my job correctly, we’ve built this relationship that everybody likes and the outcome will be very hard to watch.”

Have you heard much about plans for Courtney in the longer-term?

“There’s certainly a lot of ways it could go and a lot more for Courtney to give. Definitely for now, if we’re playing the truth of the situation, she’s going to be sad for a bit.

“We don’t want her to just be fine straight away, because it’s not the reality of it. We’ll see her low and vulnerable for a while.”

Did Luke get a good send-off from the cast?

“Yeah, he had a big leaving party. I was his ‘wife’, so I took on the responsibility to plan it, which was so stressful! (Laughs.) But it was so much fun and it was an honour to do that for him.

“I feel like I’m grieving for him in real life now, although we will stay in touch. Our friendship will definitely carry on. I can’t wait to see what he goes on to do.

“Luke is a great writer too. He’s got a lot of talents. I’m sure he’ll absolutely fly and do really well. I’m just excited to see what he does, as I’m his biggest fan.”

Will we see more of Courtney with the Lomax family?

“Yeah, I love the Lomaxes and working with Kirsty (Leela) and Ruby (Peri). They were involved in the wedding episodes, so it was nice to work with them more again. I hope Courtney uses Leela and Peri as a help throughout this.”

Would you like Courtney to be involved in the County Lines drug dealing story with the Lomaxes?

“That would be amazing. Courtney is also a teacher at the school, so it would be appropriate. We’re working with all those young cast, which is such a joy because they’re so talented. I’ve had a few scenes with Billy (Sid) recently within the school and it’s so much fun.

“I’d love to do more of that. I know that story is going to be really exciting and important and I hope to be part of it.”

How did you feel about getting a big soap wedding?

“It was so exciting. Those scenes are always so fun to film, because there are so many guests and you have supporting artists as well. So often in a soap you do two-hander scenes, or there’ll be three or four people in a scene at the most. To see how it works on that bigger scale was exciting.

“Obviously with any soap wedding there’s drama that comes along with it, so it was exciting to play that too. The scenes require long days, so it was tiring but I really enjoyed it. It was good to be able to work with different people too.”

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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