In the build-up to her Hollyoaks debut, Daniella Westbrook has teased about her character, Trudy’s, upcoming storyline, and it involves unlucky-in-love Tony Hutchins!
Daniella, who has been off screen for 3 years since last appearing as her best known character, Sam Mitchell on BBC rival soap EastEnders, is about to return to our soap screens, this time in Hollyoaks, as an ex-con pal of Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper) called Trudy.
Jacqui and cousin Theresa (Jorgie Porter) call on Trudy for a cleaning job in a bid to help their family’s financial difficulties, but it is soon clear to see that there is a lot of history between the two ex-jailbirds, and they are both very likeminded and devious, especially when it comes to each other!
Daniella, who recently she was enjoying playing her new character, Trudy described by Westbrook as “ghetto-fabulous trailer trash”, is only appearing in the Liverpool based soap for 13 episodes initially, however has expressed a desire for the role to be made more permanent.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz recently the actress explained: ”I’ve only done 13 episodes. We had to end it where it ends at the moment because that’s how the storyline progressed.
”But if they wanted me for a longer run in the show then I’d move up to Liverpool tomorrow to be in ‘Hollyoaks’. I had such great fun doing the show and I love Liverpool. I love the city and I love the people.”
On the subject of her temporary home, Liverpool, Westbrook recently: “I love it. We have such a giggle in make-up putting hairpieces on and I get a real kick out of working with Claire (Cooper, who plays Jacqui McQueen). And I love Liverpool.”
Now that her character is set to appear on our Hollyoaks screens, the actress has been teasing what surprises she will have in store for us!
Right from the off, viewers will be made aware that Trudy holds a real grudge against Jacqui, especially when she tries to frame her for stealing mobile phones from work, but despite this Daniella insists that her character, Trudy, has a real “soft spot” for the McQueen!
Speaking to All About Soap about the upcoming storyline, Westbrook explained: “Secretly [Trudy] has a soft spot for Jacqui, and I think vice versa. They do have genuine affection for one another, but they’re both quite tough. They wouldn’t be like, ‘Aww, you’re my best friend!’ with each other!”
She continued: “Jacqui and Trudy are always gunning for each other’s position. They’ve each got a hold over the other that has to do with something that happened when they were inside.
“They know if one of them says something about it, then they’ll both be in a lot of trouble, so they use that to their advantage all the time. Jacqui will get one over on Trudy, and then Trudy will get one over on Jacqui.”
This hold is obviously a big one as, desperate to get her new boss on side, Jacqui arranges for her ex, Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) to go on a date with Trudy after she makes noises about how good looking he is (?).
Westbrook explained: “Trudy first sees Tony in the village and thinks he’s really gorgeous and hot. Jacqui persuades Tony to go with Trudy for one drink, but I think Trudy just frightens the life out of poor old Tony!
“He’s absolutely petrified of her. The problem is, she’s way too full-on and Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and her behaviour really scares him.”
Watch Daniella’s first appearance in Hollyoaks on Thursday, February 21 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
Watch Daniella’s Jeremy Kyle appearance in the clip below: