Life in suburban Chester is rarely serene for the residents of Hollyoaks, with more departures on the way across the rest of the year and into 2020.
From political indoctrination to the perils of romantic jealousy, few characters are safe from one week to the next in the compelling, long-running drama.
Keeping score of how many characters are left can be tricky, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the departees we know are on the way.
Read on to find out if any of your favourite figures might be leaving…
Stuart Sumner (Chris Simmons) and Jonny Baxter (Ray Quinn)
Stuart and Jonny are the ringleaders of a far-right group that is ensnaring many of the soap’s characters, and this week their most sinister plan yet is set to be revealed.
They have spent months manipulating the likes of Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) in a plot that will have disastrous consequences.
The storyline has been developed alongside Love Music Hate Racism as part of a number of week-long specials.
Chart-toppers including Rita Ora and Stormzy have contributed to the accompanying soundtrack.
Exit date: Late 2019
Breda McQueen (Moya Brady)
The mother and nanny is a multiple murderer, having killed eight people and attempted to polish off a further six since 1986.
This year alone she has killed three people, starting with the murder of Louis Loveday (Karl Collins) in January.
She proceeded to poison Mac Nightingale (David Easter) in March before waiting a full four months to stab Harry Thompson (Parry Glasspool) to death in July.
Hollyoaks writers are planning to wrap up the murder storyline in the near future – much to the relief of anyone with an interest in the safety of its remaining characters.
Cleo McQueen (Nadine Mulkerrin)
Nadine Mulkerrin will be taking a maternity break from the soap as she is expecting her first child later this year.
The 26-year-old is in a real-life relationship with former Hollyoaks love interest Rory Douglas-Speed, who plays Joel Dexter in a pairing that has survived a motorbike crash, kidnapping and pregnancy.
Mulkerrin was nominated for Best Female Dramatic Performance last year, rewarding her moving performances as heartbreaking year as Cleo McQueen.
Cleo’s current boyfriend, Mitchell, is involved in a new storyline in which he develop feelings for Scott Drinkwell (Ross Adams).
Speaking earlier this year, Mulkerrin said she would ‘try to plod on’ until her departure, telling the Radio Times: ‘I think they’re going to finish me off in September.
‘I’ve heard whispers on the grapevine which I couldn’t possibly reveal but I’m not sure – I think it’s all been open.’
Mulkerrin appeared to be joking when she teased that she may not return to Cheshire, adding: ‘All I know is September time is usually a big time of year on screen. Maybe I’m not coming back – I don’t know.’
This will be the first time that two actors from the soap have had a child together.
Exit date: Late 2019
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