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Loui Batley: 'My exit was perfect'

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Loui Batley: 'My exit was perfect'
Hollyoaks actress Loui Batley has branded her character's gruesome skydive death as the perfect exit from the show.

The 22-year-old, who played lesbian student Sarah Barnes for four years, bowed out of the Channel 4 serial during last night's penultimate episode of Hollyoaks Later on E4.

The episode, which featured a skydive stunt, saw a jealous Lydia (Lydia Kelly) sabotage Zoe Carpenter's (Zoë Lister) parachute. However, when the packs were distributed, Lydia allowed the trio to take to the skies and a game of Russian roulette ensued.

Without knowing who had the tampered parachute on their backs, Zoe, Sarah and Lydia took it in turn to jump out of the plane. Zoe successfully pulled her ripcord but Lydia could only watch on as a panicked Sarah plummeted to her death when her parachute failed to operate.

Speaking exclusively to DS, Batley said: "I had a meeting with [Hollyoaks Later producer] Bryan [Kirkwood] and he told me what he was thinking and asked how I felt about the storyline and I thought it was amazing. It really draws a line under the four years. I've been there for quite a while and it was a great ending for the character - I couldn't have asked for a better way to go. It was perfect."

She added: "Most people say they don't want to die so they have the option to go back and as much as I've absolutely loved my time on the show, I knew it was my time to go."

Co-star Lister said: "I can't believe she's gone. It's weird because I've done loads of my scenes with her for the last year - it hasn't really sunk in yet."

Former Hollyoaks producer - and this year's Later showrunner - Kirkwood told DS: "Loui's been brilliant in Hollyoaks and she's massively underrated. She's been at the centre of some of the biggest storylines on the main show."

He added: "She never turned in a performance less than top-notch and I wish she had a little more recognition for that. She's a very strong actress and it's been fantastic to work with her - and great to be involved in her exit."

Hollyoaks Later reaches its climax tonight at 9pm on E4. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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