Marc Silcock has claimed that the departure of his character Jackson Walsh will be a memorable one for fans of the soap.
It has previously been revealed that the tetraplegic – who lost the use of his limbs following a horrific road crash in the ITV1 soap last year – will beg his doting mother Hazel (Pauline Quirke) and boyfriend Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) to help him end his life by administering a lethal dose of tablets in his drink and actor Marc Silcock hopes his plight will be thought-provoking for viewers.
He said: “I think it’s going to be an exit people will remember.
“We believe what we’re going to be talking about is something that needs to be talked about and hasn’t been talked about in British TV, let alone a soap, and that’s really important for me, to really think that a really unappreciated subject will be brought to the forefront.”
The 22-year-old actor also revealed that fans of his character can take some comfort in that there will be some happy times for him and Aaron before he decides he wants to end his life.
He promised: “There is a large time where [Jackson and Aaron] are happy together because we decide to go, ‘OK, we’ll give it a go. We’ll see what kind of life we can have’. That’s something people can look forward to. There’s going to be lots of laughs, lots of jokes… We are going to see a bright light of shining happiness – for a while.
“When that comes to an end, we’ll start discussing the issues that people will understand a bit more and appreciate a bit more.”
Though Jackson begs his mother and lover to help him end his life, show chiefs have remained tight-lipped on whether they will grant his request.