Claire Cooper teases Hollyoaks exit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 March 2013
Claire Cooper as Jacqui McQueen

Claire Cooper as Jacqui McQueen

Claire Cooper has teased details about her exit from Channel 4 soap 'Hollyoaks', which she is to depart from as Jacqui McQueen in April

Claire Cooper has teased about her exit from 'Hollyoaks'.

The 31-year-old actress announced her character Jacqui McQueen's departure from the Channel 4 soap last month, who she has played since 2006, and the brunette beauty has hinted at what fans can expect from the final scenes of her alter ego.

She told Inside Soap magazine: "Well, she could die, she could end up in prison - the possibilities are endless!

"I handed in my notice over a year ago, but I've had to wait for certain things to play out on screen before I could go. Now [executive producer] Bryan Kirkwood is back, and 'Hollyoaks' is on top form again. It's such an exciting time to be here - but I'm leaving!"

Bryan recently revealed how "devastated" he is to see the show's regular leave but wished her the best of luck for the future.

He said: "Claire Cooper has created an unforgettable soap character in the indomitable Jacqui McQueen. I feel very protective and proud of Claire's wonderful, tough, sexy, funny creation and she has struck a perfect balance of portraying Jacqui's 'hard as nails' exterior, as well as her crushing vulnerability.

"I'm devastated to be losing Jacqui, but after six years of her wearing those thigh-high PVC boots, I respect Claire's need to explore other roles. I wish her the best of luck - not that she'll need it."

The actress' final appearance will be shown in April.

Claire's announcement came soon after the arrival of Jacqui's former prison cell-mate, Trudy Ryan (Danniella Westbrook), with whom she shares a dark secret, sparking speculation the ex-convict is the reason behind her character's exit.

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