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'Hollyoaks': Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove teases Texas murder plot

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Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove as Texas Longford in Hollyoaks

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Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove



Texas Longford's time on Hollyoaks comes to a terrifying end next week as she is murdered on her wedding day.

The student is pushed from an upstairs window after rows with partner Will Savage, ex-boyfriend Dodger, best friend Leanne Holiday, jealous Theresa McQueen and scheming Doctor Browning - leaving fans to wonder who the culprit might be.

Digital Spy recently chatted to Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove, who plays Texas, to hear more about the Hollyoaks whodunit and why it was time to move on.

How are you feeling now that your time at Hollyoaks has come to an end?
"I'm very sad, because I'm going to miss everybody a lot and I've had an amazing three years on the show. I've learned a lot and it's been a fantastic experience. I'm also excited, but it's definitely going to feel weird not going onto the set every morning and seeing the same familiar faces!"

We've heard that it was your choice to leave, so was that a difficult decision to make?
"It really was. To be honest, I could have stayed at Hollyoaks and just been so happy there, because everybody is so great and it's a fantastic job. But at the same time, I knew that I wanted to go off and do other things, so it did feel like my time to move on.

"I've done three years on the show and was plucked out of university when I got the job. I actually look at this as my 'university experience', because I really have learned so much first hand from everyone who's here - but with the extra benefit of being paid!"

How did you feel about getting such a big exit storyline?
"I'm so grateful. They could have just shoved me off in a taxi, but when our producer Bryan told me what was coming up, I just said, 'Wow!' I didn't expect it at all and thought it was just so incredible. I couldn't wait to film the scenes.

"With how it all played out next, it just proved to be everything I could have dreamt it to be. It's the most amazing way ever to leave a show. I suppose if you're going to do it, you should do it in style!"

Texas walks down the aisle.

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Texas walks down the aisle.



Your exit storyline was revealed a while ago, so has there been much reaction from the fans?
"Yeah, I had lots of messages on Twitter from people saying, 'Don't go!' and 'Why do you have to die?!' That's really sweet and touching. It's nice to know when you have the support of the fans. It's great that they've enjoyed the character and I hope they really like watching this exit storyline too.

"Hopefully people will tune in for the big climax of the storyline and then the mystery of 'whodunit' afterwards. There'll be a big mystery of who was the killer, so I hope everyone enjoys it."

What was it like to film the wedding scenes out on location?
"It was brilliant. We were at Peckforton Castle and it was just so beautiful - the location was stunning. We had a really great crew and loads of people working on these scenes, so it should look really good.

"The rooms inside the castle were amazing, and we're just always a bit more excited when we're filming on location. It's like being let out of the play pen and having a bit of a run-around - plus the food is always great!

"What was also nice was that the director and the First AD who I came into the show with were both working on my exit week. They worked on my first ever block, when I was on location in Croxteth Hall doing the haunted house week. They brought me into the show and they brought me out again!"

Apparently you did your own stunt for Texas's fall, so were you grateful for that opportunity?
"Absolutely. When they said there'd be a stunt, I said straight away that I wanted to do it. Hollyoaks said that they'd probably get a stunt double, but then later they asked me, 'How are you with heights? How would you feel about being put in a harness and lifted up by a 30-foot crane?!'

"I agreed to it straight away, which they thought was brilliant. The only bit I didn't do myself was Texas going through the window. The stuntwoman had to really propel herself through it and onto some cardboard boxes and a mat below, so they were worried about me getting hurt."

The wedding guests watch in horror.

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The wedding guests watch in horror.



As viewers, we know that Texas doesn't really love Will. How is she feeling on the morning of their wedding?
"I think Texas is feeling very apprehensive about it, but she's decided in her head that she's going to go through with the wedding. Will has told her that he's suffering from an aneurysm, and Texas feels that it's her fault that his life is possibly going to be very short-lived.

"Because Will supposedly has this ticking time bomb, Texas decides to put her feelings for Dodger aside. She wants to make Will happy, so everything is quite clear in her head.

"On the morning of the wedding, Texas allows herself to feel happy that she's marrying a man she does care about, even though he's not the one she's madly in love with. She feels like she's doing the right thing."

What happens next?
"Dodger turns up at the flat when she's trying to get ready! It's interesting, because when Dodger is out of sight, he's out of mind for Texas - she can deal with it and pretend that everything is alright.

"However, once Dodger turns up, her head goes into turmoil all over again. Whenever he's around, she can't resist. It's like a chemical reaction and Texas can't control what happens. She's tempted all over again and Dodger suggests they could run off together for a new life.

"Texas does consider his idea, but she knows that she can't let Will down and ruin his life. She tells Dodger that he has to go."

The wedding goes ahead, but the happy atmosphere doesn't last for long…
"Yes, everything starts to go wrong when Mercedes comes up to Texas after the wedding and asks her how she thinks her husband got hold of so much money to pay for the ceremony. She also reveals that Leanne was in on it the whole time, and that Will isn't really dying as he doesn't have an aneurysm!"

Hollyoaks wedding promo.

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Texas and the suspects in her murder.



Texas is murdered shortly afterwards, and Browning, Dodger, Leanne, Theresa and Will are the main five suspects. Can you tell us a bit about their motives?
"Well, after the conversation with Mercedes, Texas goes upstairs to the bedroom and tries to find the stolen money. On the way, she has cross words with all of the suspects.

"Leanne is angry at Texas because she knows about the dalliance with Dodger, and doesn't think Texas really deserves Will. Texas is angry with Leanne in return because she knew about the stolen money all along.

"Texas is also angry at Will for all of his lies, so there's tension between those two. With Dodger, Texas decides that she does want to run away with him after all, as she knows that marrying Will was a mistake. However, Dodger turns her down as she's missed her chance.

"Theresa is a suspect because of her feelings for Dodger and being jealous of Texas, while Doctor Browning just wants his money back - and we know what he's like!"

Now that you've finished filming, what are your future career plans?
"I'd love to do something different now and do some theatre, but it'd be great to carry on with screen work too. Basically, I'd really like to explore anything in theatre, TV or film. I'm hoping to try everything I can, see what's out there and explore the world!"

> For more chat from Bianca on the wedding, Silas and Jodie, read part two of this interview in Soap Scoop

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video - press play below to watch Amie Parker-Williams reveal the gossip on a shock collapse in Coronation Street, murder in Hollyoaks, trouble at The Vic in EastEnders and a romantic development in Emmerdale.

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