Gilly Roach's 'dark journey'

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Anthony Quinlan

Anthony Quinlan

Hollyoaks' Gilly Roach will embark on a ''dark journey'' following the death of his terminally-ill wife Steph, who decided to take her own life during the recent blaze at Il Gnosh.

Hollyoaks' Gilly Roach is to embark on a "dark journey" following the death of his wife Steph.

Anthony Quinlan - who plays the widower in the Channel 4 soap - explained his on-screen alter-ego will struggle to accept his terminally-ill wife decided to end her life during the recent blaze at Il Gnosh restaurant, and is still battling feelings of anger at her funeral.

He said: "He just can't come to terms with the fact that Steph (Carley Stenson) took her own life, and wants answers that he's sadly never going to get.

"He's still so angry about the whole thing, so the director asked me not to cry at all during the ceremony. It was all so heartfelt, though, that I broke down for real a few days.

"Lee (Alex Carter) gives Gilly a DVD with a video message that Steph had recorded for him. It all gets the better of him, and he just destroys it. The poor guy's heading off on a very dark journey that I'm sure he'll live to regret."

However, the question of who will look after orphaned Tom (Ellis Hollins) - whose on-screen brother Max (Matt Littler) was killed off the show in 2008 - now hangs in the balance, as Steph was his legal guardian.

Anthony added to Inside Soap magazine: "Everyone keeps asking me if Gilly's going to be the one to look after Tom. It's not a foregone conclusion, though, and there are going to be a few twists and turns where his custody is concerned.

"There could be quite a battle ahead!"

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