Following her dramatic on-screen Hollyoaks exit last week, Nicole Barber-Lane has revealed that the reason her character wasn’t killed off is that bosses are keen for Myra McQueen to return to the award-winning soap in the future!
As fans will know, last week saw Myra (Nicole Barber-Lane), after setting up Trevor and having him arrested, trying to flee the village once and for all with a little help from her ex future son-in-law/ former lover Jim McGinn (Dan Tetsell), but unfortunately her evil son-in-law, who was obsessed with having her killed, Browning (Joseph Thompson) caught up with her at the last hurdle and shot her off the side of the docks whilst she was waiting for her escape boat.
However, something about the tale didn’t sit well with John Paul (James Sutton) who decided to follow Jim from the hospital to find out what was going on.
Instructing a waiting taxi to “follow that car” John Paul was bewildered to be taken to the airport, but not as bewildered as when he got out and saw Jim walking up to meet MYRA!
Jim explained that he fitted Myra with a bullet proof vest (of course he did) fearing that the gun he gave Mercedes could fall into Browning’s hands, and John Paul is told to keep his mum’s secret from the rest of the family; – she wants everyone to think she is dead so that Browning is sent down for murder and kept away from Mercedes.
So the future for Myra is certainly not a bleak as we first thought on Wednesday – that is for sure, and according to Nicole Barber-Lane who played her, that was a conscious decision made by show bosses.
Discussing the exit twist with Digital Spy, Barber-Lane explained:
“It’s so great, isn’t it? Bryan Kirkwood (series producer) said to me ‘would you come back?’ and I said ‘Yeah, of course, I would love to’ so he kept it open for me.
“But what a fantastic ending and then for him to keep it open.
“But I did ask how that was going to happen though, because I knew I was going to get shot, but it happened in proper soap style with a bullet proof vest.
“And Jim gets to come to the rescue again, pulling me out of the canal – that was really funny; I nearly pulled him when we were filming it. It was such good fun.
“It’s going to be great seeing how this all plays out and I am just so glad that I don’t have to say a complete goodbye to it and I just hope that fans like what has happened, rather than being disappointed that Myra isn’t really dead.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD