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'Hollyoaks' Sophie Austin interview: 'Lindsey is petrified'

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Sophie Austin as Lindsey Butterfield



Lindsey Butterfield's nightmare continues on Hollyoaks next week as she joins forces with Mercedes McQueen and Cindy Cunningham to get rid of Doctor Browning's body.

As the cover-up of Browning's murder continues, the three women decide to stage a car crash with his body inside. Carrying out the plan, they head to a cliff top - where a shocked Freddie Roscoe watches them from afar…

Digital Spy recently caught up with Sophie Austin, who plays Lindsey, to hear more about her character's dark storyline.

How do you feel about getting such a big storyline?
"I can't begin to express how grateful and happy I am. It's been so full-on recently, but it's been such great work to have. I've been able to work with Steph and Jen, who play Cindy and Mercedes, and the dynamic between the three of us has just been an absolute dream. They're great girls and we have the best fun.

"The writing has also been brilliant and we're showing so many different levels of Lindsey. The story is a bit like The Witches of Eastwick, and that's my favourite film so I'm quite happy!"

Did you know about the story quite far in advance?
"It had been mentioned, but until it's written down and put into scripts, you can never truly know what's going to happen. I'd had a hint that something was coming up, but I'd thought that it seemed a bit too good to be true as I'm still quite new in the show.

"When it did come about, I was absolutely ecstatic and stunned that [executive producer] Bryan [Kirkwood] trusted me to do this with the two girls."

Cindy and Lindsey get rid of Browning's body

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Lindsey and Cindy moving Browning's body



How are the fans reacting?
"A lot of the fans have been quite supportive of us, because of the way Browning had been acting! There's a big fanbase for the three girls and I've seen a lot of Twitter comments about how we should all be dressed up as witches!

"The Hollyoaks fans are great - I've never had anything bad said to me on Twitter and I've been really overwhelmed with the support. With this story, I think the main thing is that the girls didn't set out to be in this position - they just got caught up in it. People can appreciate that they've stuck together and that a friendship bond has been formed."

How would you say Lindsey is coping? We'd never expect her to be in a situation like this…
"I don't think Lindsey is coping particularly well. She already has to deal with a lot of trauma in her day-to-day life at the hospital, but I think she can always detach herself from it. Right now she feels trapped in a nightmare and she doesn't know how she got there.

"The reason Lindsey got involved in the first place was that she saw the vulnerability of Mercedes and Cindy after what Browning had done to them both. The logical thing would have been to just walk away and tell the police, but it's in Lindsey's nature to look after people. She wasn't going to leave these women in this situation, because she believes it's not their fault and they've been pushed to this.

"That's the reasoning in Lindsey's head, but she's not dealing very well with it. She hates the fact that she's lying and that her relationship with Joe is disintegrating because of it. She feels very lonely in the situation but she has no other way out. Who knows how it's all going to end?"

Cindy and Lindsey have a moment of panic.

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Lindsey and Cindy staging the car crash



How does Lindsey feel about the plan to fake a car accident and push Browning's body off a cliff?
"Lindsey just wonders how the hell she got in this situation! Her idea was that they should have just got rid of the body straight away - maybe incineration at the hospital or a way to get it done and dusted. She doesn't understand why the situation has gone on for so long.

"Now that she's caught up in it, she's petrified and fears that everything is just going to fall apart at any minute."

What kind of a reaction does she get from Freddie when he finds out what's going on?
"I think Freddie is totally shocked, but they have a connection and they understand each other. Freddie knows that Lindsey wouldn't be involved in this situation unless she totally had to be. He's upset that she is in this position and is disappointed that she didn't come to him first, because he would have been able to help her.

"As it's Freddie, he wants to help Lindsey out and make sure that she's okay. He'd never leave her in a situation like this."

Freddie, Cindy, Lindsey and Mercedes push the car towards the edge

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Freddie helps to stage the car crash



It's another big stunt for the show! Was it fun to film?
"Yeah, it was! It was really lovely to be on night shoots for the story. There was a brilliant atmosphere created for the episodes and we had a brilliant director, Ian White, who's really considerate to actors. There were some great stunt guys too. It was absolutely freezing filming the scenes, but I suppose that adds to it! It was like being on a film set so it was great to be part of it."

Freddie later admits to Lindsey that it's not the first time he's had to get rid of a body… Does he tell her the full story about DS Trent?
"Freddie tells Lindsey as much as she needs to know. He doesn't go into detail about it, but he wants to feel connected to her and reassure her that she's not a bad person. Freddie also wants to get it off his chest, so they have a very special moment there. It's a lovely moment between them both. Freddie always gets involved in these things, doesn't he?!"

Clare's sister Grace gets very suspicious over Lindsey, Cindy and Mercedes. Does Lindsey realise that she's onto them?
"The whole time after Browning's death, Lindsey is constantly on the lookout for how much people know. She's on the edge of her seat to make sure that nothing is given away. Because Grace is taking such a big interest in the situation, Lindsey is suspicious of her straight away. Grace knows certain things that have happened, so Lindsey wonders whether she's been watching them. Lindsey is on her guard and expecting to be caught at any time!"

What kind of character is Grace? Is she as bad as Clare?
"We'll have to wait and see on that one! I've only done a few scenes with Tamara [Wall, who plays Grace] but she's absolutely amazing. I adore her as she's the most lovely girl. In the scenes I've done with her, Grace is quite intimidating. Considering her relations, I don't think she's going to be the nicest of characters…"

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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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