Hollyoaks fans watched this week as one of the year’s most talked about and dramatic storylines came to a crashing conclusion – but according to its main star, it’s not all over just yet.
Having managed to successfully steal her love rival, Nancy’s life mainly by pretending that her husband, Darren (Ashley Taylor-Dawson) had got her pregnant, Sienna Blake (Anna Passey) found her world crashing down around her when the truth finally came out during Friday night’s episode.
Having been exposed as not being pregnant, and for kidnapping young Tom Cunningham, Sienna made one last ditch attempt to escape to the life she dreamed of, kidnapping the children, and locking an unconscious Nancy (Jessica Fox) in the boot of her car along the way.
She, thankfully, was stopped and, whilst Nancy’s life hangs in the balance in hospital, Sienna was sectioned for her crimes.
But according to Anna Passey, the actress who plays Sienna, the story isn’t over just yet, as she has been discussing with Digital Spy:
“I think one thing that’s been there all the way through, and certainly in the latter half of the story, has been that Sienna isn’t just a one-dimensional baddie who’s doing all of these things because it’s fun for her. What’s been really strong in the writing and in the story is that Sienna is doing these things because she feels she doesn’t have a choice.
“She’s been driven by other things, including her unhappy childhood and trying to fill quite a big void in her life. To see Sienna get some help and get to the bottom of the way she’s behaved should be really satisfying for the viewers, and definitely for me playing it.
“I always hoped that Sienna wouldn’t just be arrested and that would be that, as people need to see more than that. There is much more story to come where we’ll start to see what she’s really like.”
In tonight’s episode fans will see an even bigger twist as it is revealed that the daughter Sienna gave birth to, who she thought had died straight after birth, is in fact alive, which came as a surprise to Anna as well as us, as she explains:
“It was a bit of a surprise, to be honest! As I said earlier, I didn’t know the full plan myself so when I heard that, I was absolutely over the moon. I thought it was brilliant and something that I didn’t necessarily expect. I’m really glad that it’s the case, because it leaves it wide open for a whole other part of the story in the future, which is very exciting for me.”
One thing Anna wasn’t surprised about, however, was the scene which saw her character try and kiss her twin brother, Dodger (Danny Mac), on which she commented:
“It wasn’t too much of a surprise to me, to be honest! With the way the characters have been together, they’ve always been a very close brother and sister unit. We are in soapland so me and Dan always knew in the back of our heads that it was always a possibility.
“It was also perfect timing – when Sienna panicked and lost everything, she came up with the brilliant idea that she and her brother could run away together and bring up some children! But viewer-wise, I think people were completely shocked by it.”
Of course the person who is being held accountable for Sienna’s erratic behaviour is her father Patrick (Jeremy Sheffield), whose controlling behaviour has been aimed at his girlfriend, Maxine (Nikki Sanderson), which Passey says she would love her character to be involved in:
“I’ve been watching Patrick and Maxine’s story as a viewer and it’s been great and really unnerving to watch. If they can get Sienna involved in that further down the line then I’d absolutely adore that. Because Sienna has been with Patrick her whole life and knows him better than anybody, she’d possibly be the person best equipped to help Maxine. But I’m not really sure what the plans are for that yet.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD – Watch their Christmas video in the clip below: