As viewers of E4’s first look Hollyoaks will know, tonight will see two show favourites leave the Channel 4 soap for good, Joel Dexter and Bart McQueen.
Fans of the award-winning soap will know how last night on Channel 4 Joel (Andrew Still) enlisted the help of father-to-be Bart (Johnny Clarke) in his plot to rob Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) and take back the money for his share of the club they joint own.
Brendan had offered to buy out Joel from the club at a very tidy price on the proviso that he murdered his father, Seamus, as part of a twisted IOU after Brendan disposed of the body of Joel’s stepfather during last year’s epic Hollyoaks Later series.
However, the plan didn’t quite go according to plan when not only did Joel forget to take the old child abusers phone, but Seamus managed to get out of the burning building he was left in too.
Since then Brendan, who we know was abused by his father as a young boy, has taken back the cash he had given Joel and evicted him from the club, and his life.
This did not go down too well with Joel, who was set on leaving the village to start afresh in the wake of his girlfriend, Theresa McQueen’s (Jorgie Porter) betrayal with Dodger Savage (Danny Mac), and so, in order to get back what he is owed, he turns to Bart McQueen (Johnny Clarke), who is in hot water with the police following Esther Bloom’s (Jazmine Franks) new statement implicating him in the tragic Enjoy The Ride bus crash, to assist him in robbing the moustached double B monster that is Brendan Brady.
However, when Brendan catches the lads in the act he orders both of them to leave the village for good – which they reluctantly do, leaving both Theresa and Bart’s pregnant girlfriend, Sinead (Stephanie Davis) behind!
Johnny Clarke, who, along with Andrew Still, filmed his final scenes for the show late last year, told Digital Spy of his decision to leave: “Hollyoaks has been a great stepping stone in my career, and leaving the show is one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make so far.
“I believe I am at a great age to progress my career further. I am excited to see what the future brings. I hope to be involved in films and some period dramas.
“I would like to thank my family for their support and would also like to thank all my fans for all the great comments and good wishes they have sent me for my future career.”
Watch an interview with Johnny Clarke who plays Bart McQueen in Hollyoaks, in the clip below:
Catch Joel and Bart’s Hollyoaks exits tonight at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD