Jennifer Metcalfe, who plays Hollyoaks favourite psychopath, Mercedes McQueen, has admitted that she fears producers will kill her character off!
Fans of the hit Channel 4 soap will know how Mercedes is currently being held in a psychiatric prison following a mental breakdown after staging her own sons kidnapping.
Mercedes, who has real form when it comes to mind games, took things way too far in her latest campaign to get her own way. Not only did she start secretly stalking her love rival, Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) in a bid to split her up from the love of Mercedes life, Riley (Rob Norbury) but she even went as far as to stab herself and blame Mitzeee, which resulted in her arrest.
Mercedes finally got her way with Riley, and the pair were just about to tie the know and leave for a new life in Dubai when she found out that her fiancée had slept with Mitzeee whilst she was on the run from police, and something inside her went snap!
Reasoning that Riley had no right to treat her this way after all she had done to get them back together, she decides he needs teaching a lesson, and so stages the kidnap of their infant son, Bobby.
Demanding half a million pounds ransom, Mercedes hides the baby with her adopted niece, Phoebe (Mandip Gill) telling her that she is just denying Riley access because of his betrayal. The plan went horribly wrong, however, when Phoebe left the house to buy some nappies and discovered that the entire village was hunting for the kidnapped boy.
As Mercedes house of cards comes crashing down, and her web of lies exposed to all, it became pretty clear to see that she was unhinged at best, and the prison service decides a secure unit was the best place for her, especially after Riley was killed by a stray bullet during Brendan (Emmett J. Scanlan) and Walker’s (Neil Newbon) showdown earlier this month.
Now, with the future of Mercedes looking very uncertain indeed, Jennifer Metcalfe, the actress who plays her, has admitted that she is as worried about her character’s future as the fans are, and doesn’t know where the story can now go for her alter ego!
Speaking to Inside Soap Jennifer, who first joined the show in 2006, admitted that after a torrent of drama in Mercedes life, she fears the only thing left for her would be for producers to kill her off!
“I have wondered about it,” she said. “About four years ago, I wasn’t sure how much further Mercedes could go, but the writers do such a great job of keeping things fresh.”
However, Jennifer went on to explain how much fun she has had taking her character to her current level of darkness:
“I knew Mercedes had a hidden psycho in there somewhere!” Jennifer joked. “After six-and-half years the writers still wow me with what they come up with.
“As an actress they keep me challenged and I’m very happy.”
What do you think Mercedes fate should be? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel4 / Channel4 HD.