Hollyoaks: James Atherton says he is enjoying exploring Will Savage’s evil side!

Hollyoaks star, James Atherton, has admitted that he is enjoying bringing his characters darker side to life!

Atherton’s character, Will Savage, is currently in the middle of a very manipulative and devious storyline in the award-winning Channel 4 soap, having just thrown himself down a metal flight of stairs outside the village’s nightclub, Chez Chez.

Fans of the hit soap will know how last year Will, who had been a suspect in the Lynsey Nolan murder last summer, took advantage of his brother Dodger’s girlfriend, Texas Longford (Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove).


Texas had seen Dodger (Danny Mac) with another woman and confronted him about it. Not wanting to tell her the truth that the woman was actually the long-lost twin sister he never knew he had, Dodger let her believe that he was cheating on her.

Texas sought comfort in Will, who knew the truth, and the pair ended up in bed together.

When Texas found out the truth she could not contain her guilt and left a letter for Dodger explaining what had happened before leaving for America with Doug (PJ Brennan).

However, when she returned and found out that Dodger had never seen the letter she decided to let sleeping dogs lie and the pair got back together during Dirk (David Kennedy) and Myra’s (Nicole Barber-Lane) engagement party.

What she didn’t know was that Will had the letter and, after seeing Dodger and Texas kissing, read it out to everyone at the club.

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Will went outside and when Texas followed they had a row. Will grabbed Texas and she shook him off, but when she turned her back he threw himself down the stairs letting her believe that she had pushed him.

Now in the hospital, having been told that he is never likely to walk again, Will has ‘forgiven’ Texas and is letting her guilt keep her by his bedside, where he is playing the long game of making her his.

James Atherton, who plays Will, has revealed to What’s On TV how he is enjoying playing this darker side to his character, explaining:

“He was such a nice guy, wasn’t he? It’s all just got a bit much for him. When he first came in he was a real gentleman and just all of this jealousy with Dodger and one thing and another, he’s just gone a bit mental really,”

And the actor can’t help but see a resemblance to his character’s old chess partner, Hollyoaks serial killer, Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle):

“It’s kind of stemmed from the whole Silas stuff over the summer, he started visiting Silas over the summer and he’s writing a book about him, and videoing girls and all that. This kind of possessive side to him has come out,

“It’s been really cool to play this new side of him. It’s not very often you get the chance to take the character in a completely new direction. It’s been interesting.”

Watch an interview with James and Danny Mac who plays Dodger in the clip below:

Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD

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