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Hollyoaks kills off Liam Donovan – Jude Monk McGowan reacts to shock exit

Liam Donovan lies lifeless after a tense showdown along with his enemies climaxed in a dramatic siege that noticed the Hollyoaks gangster meet his maker by the hands of massive sister, Grace Black.

Gathering villagers who had crossed him for a sinister ‘satan’s feast’, he held Mercedes McQueen, Grace Black, James Nightingale, Maxine Kinsella, Sylver McQueen and John Paul McQueen hostage within the pub.

Revealing to Mercy it was Grace and James who shot her, he ordered his ex to kill Ms Black for her half in brother Jesse’s demise – earlier than Warren Fox and armed police swooped in to defuse the scenario. Liam then threatened to throw Mercedes down the cellar steps till Grace intervened and pushed her brother to his demise.

RadioTimes.com spoke to Jude Monk McGowan, who took over from Maxim Baldry as crazy Liam in 2018, about his spectacular exit.

How do you’re feeling about leaving the present?
On a cleaning soap, you might be braced that any time the boss asks you in for a gathering they might be saying goodbye to the character, so that you make your peace with that. About 9 months in the past I used to be instructed they’d deliberate one thing extremely dramatic for Liam’s exit and I wasn’t disenchanted. We had an enormous build-up and I’m grateful they’ve saved me as busy as they at all times have, and the writers have been impressed sufficient to hold having enjoyable with him.

Did you’re feeling extra strain with such an enormous exit?
I’d been so busy you may’t look additional than the following week, you have got to concentrate on the work in entrance of you. My principal concern was that Liam was despatched off in a adequate means – and I believe we’ve carried out that!

What impression will Liam’s demise have on the characters left behind?
Grace goes to have to deal with the very fact she doesn’t have any household left, other than little Curtis, after pushing her brother down the steps! Definitely that’s going to be attention-grabbing, however some characters I’m certain is not going to look again very fondly at him as a result of he wasn’t at all times nice! There gained’t be many candles burning for Liam Donovan after this week…

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Do you suppose Grace was justified in what she did?
Doubtlessly he may need thrown Mercedes down the steps so Grace was appearing out of self-defence, however she herself is a morally questionable one that the viewers like sufficient to let her get away with reprehensible issues. Within the Grace universe I’m certain she’ll really feel lonely and filled with self-doubt about whether or not it was the suitable factor to do – however I shouldn’t think about she’ll dwell on it too lengthy!

Did you suppose there was any unfinished enterprise with Liam?
I really feel that followers would’ve appreciated to have seen extra with the Liam and James relationship. I get the impression there was one thing deliberate for them, then different issues got here into play and so they distributed with it. Clearly I actually loved working with Greg Finnegan and it was an enormous turning level for the character.

Might Liam and James have lasted as a pair?
I don’t know if Liam is the marrying kind! Doubtlessly they may’ve had an extended stab at being the village kingpins and precipitated a bit extra havoc, and possibly had an enormous showdown with Grace.

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What is going to you miss about taking part in Liam?
Enjoying a nasty character affords you the chance to contact on an unpleasantness you’re not allowed to in actual life – and actually shouldn’t! I did wrestle along with his misogyny, particularly as the ladies I’ve been fortunate to work with are so pretty and accommodating – he was particularly horrendous to Maxine and Lisa and I had to activate some uncomfortable, horrible issues because the character. However I don’t envy the likes of Sylver who at all times have to do the suitable factor and put others first, it’s boring!

What have been the highlights of Liam’s relationship with Mercedes and dealing with Jennifer Metcalfe?
We’re very keen on one another in actual life however oddly each loved filming this week and the spiralling acrimoniousness, viciousness and spite between them – that type of stuff is so enjoyable to shoot. However as a result of we’re such good associates it meant digging deep appearing clever so as to do these scenes justice. The top of their relationship was essentially the most enjoyable.

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