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'Hollyoaks': Sophie Austin teases shock Lindsey, Browning showdown

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Sophie Austin

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Lindsey Butterfield.



Hollyoaks newcomer Lindsey Butterfield faces a frightening ordeal next week as she sees Doctor Browning's true colours in dramatic scenes.

After Lindsey has attended a lecture that he's given, Browning (Joseph Thompson) corners his protégée in a lift and makes a move on her, before turning very nasty indeed when she rejects him.

Digital Spy recently chatted to Sophie Austin, who plays Lindsey, to hear about the big episode and her time at Hollyoaks so far.

After a couple of months filming at Hollyoaks, how are you finding it?
"It couldn't be better - I absolutely love it! Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly in the cast and the crew. That includes everyone from make-up, costume, lighting and design. There seems to be a really good vibe about the place.

"It's also been great to start with the new family. I've just been really lucky and fortunate not to have to start on my own, as I've been able to be part of a proper family straight away. I'm enjoying every minute."

Was your audition process quite long, as was the case with the Roscoe boys?
"With the lads, it was quite a long process because of the characters being related and getting that chemistry right. My own audition process was only a couple of weeks, really. I'd met a few of the casting people before so they obviously knew me before this.

"I had my audition and then later had a screen test with Ayden [Callaghan] who plays Joe, and just got on with him straight away. The chemistry seemed to be right so I got the part!"

How do you describe Lindsey?
"The nice thing about Lindsey is that she's quite a dominant role and I think she'll be a good role model for a lot of people. She's really feisty, but she's also really affectionate and kind. She cares a lot for her family and her friends. That's why she's so close to the Roscoes, because she sees them as her family.

"Lindsey is also really ambitious. She's got a real career mind to her, she wants to succeed in her job and she takes a lot of pride in her work. When it comes to her feisty side, she'd never start a fight but she'd always finish it!"

The Roscoe family in Hollyoaks

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Lindsey with the Roscoe clan.



Are Lindsey and Joe a strong couple, or could they have some problems?
"They're a very strong couple and they don't keep secrets. They've been together for quite a few years, and because Lindsey has moved up to Chester to be with Joe, that shows the strength of their relationship.

"Joe as a character has got quite a past, and it wasn't until he met Lindsey that he got on the straight and narrow. She helps him a hell of a lot, and vice versa. Joe is Lindsey's everything and she can't imagine her life without him."

Does Lindsey get on well with Joe's four brothers?
"I'm quite pleased that she does! Obviously when you start in a new family you never know what the relationships are going to be like, but the good thing about the Roscoes is that regardless of what happens, they're strong and they stick together. That's why they've moved up to the village together.

"The lads are pretty much like Lindsey's brothers. Freddie in particular is like Lindsey's best friend and she confides in him a lot. She sees the goodness in him, and if he does anything wrong, she wants him to be a better person.

"That's the case with all the boys - Lindsey encourages them. In a way, Lindsey is Sandy's sidekick and she helps her to bring the family together."

What does Lindsey make of Doctor Browning at the moment?
"Browning is quite charming at first, so I think Lindsey's main concern at the moment is just wanting to do a good job. Browning is obviously her mentor at the hospital, so she wants to work hard for him and she even sees him as a role model.

"But Lindsey isn't a stupid character and she doesn't suffer fools gladly, so as the weeks go on, she becomes slightly more wary of him. She does have to watch out, though, as she doesn't want to jeopardise her job."

Browning makes a move on Lindsey.

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Browning makes a move on Lindsey.



How does the frightening encounter between Lindsey and Browning in the lift come about?
"It's the week before Mercedes and Doctor Browning's wedding, so Mercedes has become quite a bride-zilla! Browning is releasing a lot of his pent-up frustration in conversations with Lindsey, because she's down-to-earth and he finds it easy to talk to her.

"Browning asks Lindsey to come to a lecture that he's giving, I think partly so that he can show off in front of her! Afterwards, they're in a lift together and there are some crossed wires between them. The lift stops and Browning goes for Lindsey, in more ways than one! But you'll have to wait and see what happens after that…"

Were you pleased to be given such dramatic scenes straight away?
"Definitely! I've just been really, really lucky to be given some great storylines. When you first start in a soap, you want to create a strong character and I've been really fortunate to be given these straight away.

"I also think these scenes will show the feistiness of Lindsey, which is what I really wanted to bring across with the character. She's from London and she's got a bit of street about her, so I was chuffed to show that."

Inevitably, some fans have been making comparisons between your character and Lynsey Nolan since your casting was announced. Has that put you under any pressure?
"Well, when I came to the audition, I was pretty much told the difference between the two characters straight away, and I think that comes across quite well on camera. Being compared to Karen Hassan is amazing because she's just brilliant. I've also been fortunate enough to meet her and we got on really well.

"I'm not too fussed about being compared to somebody else because I think the viewers will hopefully see the difference between the two characters. If I've done a good job, I hope that will come across - but being compared to somebody like Karen is certainly not a bad thing!"

Sophie Austin

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Sophie as Lindsey.



How does Hollyoaks compare to your previous acting work?
"This is probably the most long-term role that I've had. My characters before have tended to be raunchier characters. I quite enjoyed doing that, but this is a bit more long-term and there's a lot of different sides of Lindsey that I'm able to explore. It's the best job I've had!"

How long has acting been a passion of yours for? Has it been a long road to get to this point?
"I come from a family of performers. Both of my parents performed and my sister as well. It's always been in my blood and I performed from such a young age. I started going to dance school when I was about 4. It was never really a decision, it's just who I am. I've been very fortunate to get a hell of a lot of support from my family, which has encouraged me even more.

"There are so many brilliant actors out there and not many jobs, so it's just a case of waiting for that opportunity. I think the biggest thing about this business is having the energy to keep going and doing your best. I've only started doing TV in the last two years so it has been a long road, but it's been an interesting and good one, so I'm definitely not complaining!"

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

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