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Roxanne McKee (Louise Summers, 'Hollyoaks')

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Roxanne McKee (Louise Summers, 'Hollyoaks')
Hollyoaks' resident superbitch Louise Summers - played by Roxanne McKee - is out for revenge over Christmas following the revelation that her husband-to-be Warren (Jamie Lomas) had been having an affair with her close friend Mandy (Sarah Jayne Dunn). With her plan to frame Mandy for Warren's murder, Louise innocently continues to prepare for her 'big day', but when her wedding finally dawns, not all goes to plan as Warren finds the gun under her pillow in the bridal suite. Here, DS chats to 'Oaks departee Roxanne about Louise and Warren's relationship, her exit plot and Louise's mum.

What's Louise's master plan from the outset of the week?
"Well, the master plan is to get back at Mandy and Warren for everything they've done by whatever means possible, and there's a gun involved."

There's a shock discovery in the first episode of the week, too, isn't there?
"Yeah, Louise finds out she's pregnant, which makes her think even harder about her master plan and what she's going to do. The discovery does make her realise that she still loves Warren, especially now she's carrying his child, but it's a question of does Louise get back with Warren because she's pregnant or does she get rid of him because she's pregnant? It's a double-edged sword. She's in a very vulnerable position, but Mandy's a bitch and has done something naughty with a man that's not hers, so Louise is hell-bent on getting her own back."

Have you always known that the Warren and Louise plot was going to come to an explosive climax?
"Absolutely, it had to come out at some stage. I've known for over a year that I've wanted to leave, so I went to the writers last year to let them know that I wouldn't be signing another contract and asked for a nice exit at the same time. It ended up that they've given me a fantastic exit! I originally asked for Louise to commit suicide because I thought that would have been a good exit for her after everything she's been through. But it turned out that I got an even better exit!"

Warren hands Louise a gift during the week, doesn't he?
"Yeah, he gives her an eternity ring. It's such an ironic symbol of their relationship and it makes her feel sick inside because she knows about the affair. The irony really does hit her hard, but she really want to hit him hard where it hurts."

We meet Louise's mum Yvonne, too, don't we?
"She's amazing. Lysette Anthony is perfect for the role. It was just fab to work with her. It's a shame we haven't met her before now. When they bought Lysette in, they realised it'd have been lovely to have had her in a lot longer. Yvonne's such a good character - her and Louise are like two peas in a pod."

Do we get a glimpse of why Louise is the way she is
"Definitely. You see a softer, vulnerable side to Louise when she's around her mum. She's like a shy child due to the way her mum has treated her. You see why Louise is as cold as she is."

Do Warren and Louise truly love each other?
"The problem is, Louise and Warren can't live with each other and they can't live without each other. Whatever happens between them, though, they'll always be the love of each other's lives. It'll always be that way."

What was it like filming your final ever scenes?
"It was emotional but at the same time exhilarating. We had Tris Burns as our director and he's just fantastic. It's just been an amazing time and I've worked with an amazing bunch of people. I'm going to miss Lime Pictures so much, but I really am looking forward to the future."

What's it been like working with Jamie Lomas for all this time?
"He's been the best pretend boyfriend a girl could have!"

What's on the horizon for you?
"I hope theatre. I'd very much like to experience a different genre of acting. Or I'd love to do a period drama."

Would you do soap again?
"No, I'm not a traitor!" Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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