Hollyoaks favourite Nancy Osborne is about to be left devastated as she discovers that her husband Darren has been cheating on her with their good friend Mandy Richardson all year.
Showing she’s no fool, Nancy comes out fighting by kicking her unfaithful fella to the kerb – before seeking out Sienna Blake as an unlikely ally as she plans to get her revenge. Will a newly-reformed Sienna be prepared to help?
Digital Spy recently caught up with Jessica Fox, who plays Nancy, to hear more about the emotional episodes and what this means for the future.
Are you glad that Darren’s affair is finally being revealed?
“I am indeed, because it’s been a long time coming. Naughty Darren and terrible Mandy have been really taking the mickey out of Nancy. For me as an actress, the fun bit is when the reveal happens. I’ve been looking forward to it for about a year now.”
When you received the scripts, were they everything you’d hoped for?
“Definitely. They’re really dramatic and very raw, but my favourite thing about them is that I think they’re very true. Hollyoaks does sensational storylines really, really well. But also, when they write something like this for two characters that have worked together for so many years, it has to be heartbreaking – and I personally think it is.
“I’m really excited to see these episodes go out. I’m really proud of them and we worked our socks off on them. We also had a wonderful director, Matt Hilton, who we’ve not had before. He came in and was incredible.”
How does the truth come out?
“The truth comes out because Nancy pushes Mandy’s buttons and she ends up blurting it out. Nancy is understandably completely floored by this. She’s been so smug, saying how happy her marriage is and how she and Darren are so lucky that everything is good with them.
“Then to hear that he’s been having an affair is a blow to the gut, especially because it’s with one of her best friends and it’s been going on for so long.”
Darren optimistically hopes to save their marriage. How does Nancy feel about that?
“Well, I think everyone thinks: ‘Oh, Darren and Nancy, they’ll always find a way back together’. Darren even thinks: ‘I went to prison last year for dealing drugs. She’ll forgive me for this’. But I think he might have pushed Nancy a bit too far this time…”
It’s been confirmed that Darren and Nancy will be splitting up and won’t be reuniting anytime soon. How are you feeling about that?
“Well, it’s always sad. We’re one of the longest-running couples on the show. But all good things must come to an end, and they have kids together, so they’re always going to be in each other’s lives.”
Would you like them to get back together at some point?
“I don’t know. Let’s wait and see. As a woman, I hope that Nancy never takes Darren back, because I think that she deserves so much better. But selfishly, I wouldn’t mind it if I got to work with Ashley [Taylor Dawson, who plays Darren] a bit more.
“Nancy and Darren will still have scenes together, because of the kids. They’ve also got to get through a divorce and everything else, so there’s going to be lots of drama with that.”
How do you think Nancy would feel if Darren and Mandy became a proper couple after this?
“I think it would just be awful for her. It’s really embarrassing to have your husband leave you for – let’s face it – this tall, blonde goddess, and then to have them skipping through the village. That would be torture for Nancy. I think she would find it very, very difficult if they were to get together.”
Why does Nancy approach Sienna when she’s released from prison?
“Well, if anyone knows about revenge, it’s Sienna. She’s the master of manipulation. Nancy is just seeing red, so she thinks: ‘Who can help me end this situation, and make this man pay for what he’s done to me? It’s going to be Sienna’.”
Does this mean Nancy and Sienna could become friends, or is the atmosphere still a bit spiky between them?
“I think it will always be spiky. I don’t think you can have someone committed and try to kill them and then all is forgiven! But I think there’s definitely room for ‘frenemies’ there. It’s quite a fun dynamic, having these two women, who are very sharp-tongued and clever, sparring with each other.
“Anna Passey and I are brilliant friends in real life, so whenever we get together on set, we always have a ball. It’s a bit like old times. It’s very comfortable and it’s very easy.”
Are you sad that Gary Lucy is leaving for a bit? Will you be off to see him in The Full Monty?
“Of course I’ll be going to see Gary on stage. I went to see him last time, and obviously Kai Owen [who played Pete Buchanan] is in it as well. It is a shame that Gary’s had to leave for a while. Hopefully he’ll be back, because I know quite a lot of people were pushing for a Luke and Nancy romance. But unfortunately, I don’t see that happening…”
Do you think it’s a shame that the McQueens have taken over the pub rather than the Osbornes?
“I always think it’s a shame that the Osbornes don’t have the pub! (Laughs.) I think that’s where they belong. But at the same time, what are the Osbornes anymore? Darren and Nancy have broken up. We lost Frankie last year, and Esther’s gone. So maybe there’s just not as much of a family unit. Perhaps we’ll just have to wait until Charlie turns 18 and then we’ll get it all back.
“I think it’ll be really fun having the McQueens in the pub and they’ll bring a lot of energy to the place. But whether or not they’ll be good at running the business, I’m not convinced!”
We know a deadly storm is coming to Hollyoaks. Are you involved in that?
“Unfortunately I am not involved in that this year, which is a shame, but probably also good. I imagine with all that water and rain and wind, I’d have to get pneumonia! So I’ve stayed out of that one and I’ve stayed in the warm.”
Would you like Nancy to find a new man?
“I’d like her to let it settle for a bit and maybe just have some time to focus on herself. That would be good. Maybe Nancy could take up salsa dancing or something. The writers are also concentrating on the saga of Nancy and Darren, which is in no way, shape or form finished yet.”
Do you still enjoy being part of the cast as much as ever?
“Of course I do. Hollyoaks has the nicest people. We have the best crew and some fantastic actors, young and old. It’s always fresh. No day is ever the same. That way, it can never get boring.”
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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