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'Hollyoaks' PJ Brennan on Doug, Silas and Brendan: Interview

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PJ Brennan (Doug Carter)

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Hollyoaks' Doug Carter has another big week ahead as he gets thrown right back into the centre of the Silas storyline in the coming days.

After months of having her claims about the serial killer dismissed, Lynsey Nolan is thrilled as Doug starts to listen to her this week. Having had Bex - the love of his life - snatched away by Silas, could Doug prove to be the unlikely ally that Lynsey needs?

As you may remember, we interviewed PJ Brennan - who plays Doug - about all the drama of the WAG wedding earlier this month, but we also had time for some extra questions about Silas, Brendan and more. Here, we present some bonus bits from our recent chat…

The Silas storyline is really hotting up now and Doug is getting back involved. Are you glad to be playing a part in the story again?
"Absolutely. It's been a long time coming, and when I found out that I was going to be involved in the storyline again, I was very, very happy. The biggest thing that's happened to Doug on the show so far has been losing his girlfriend at the hands of Silas, so to be involved in the storyline again has been great, especially as it's now reaching its climax."

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Have you enjoyed watching the Silas storyline yourself as a viewer?
"Definitely - I think the storyline has been fantastic. I think Jeff Rawle and Karen Hassan have been incredible - really watchable on screen. So to work with them again has been really enjoyable."

Whatever happens, Silas's guilt will have to be revealed at some point. Do you think we'll see a scene where Doug apologises to Brendan for wrongly accusing him?
"You might! There might be a chance of that, but I can't give any definitive answers. There's definitely unfinished business between Brendan and Doug and we are exploring that at some point, so if you keep tuning in, you might just end up seeing something along those lines. There's absolutely still things to be said between the two of them.

"And I think Doug is a character who would want to apologise. Even though Brendan is still not the greatest person, Doug is quite a moral person and when the truth is revealed, there would be a part of him that would feel guilty about accusing him so blindly."

PJ Brennan (Doug Carter)
Doug seems to be a popular character among Hollyoaks' online fans. Why do you think that is?
"I think it's because he's a bit of an underdog! Doug definitely seems to get himself involved in situations that are not his choice or not of his making, and people seem to empathise with that. He's a character who always seems to be in a pickle, so maybe the audience pity him for that and he's someone who they can root for. I'm very flattered by the positive reaction but I think it's more a credit to the writing and the show itself."

Some of those fans were worried recently when Doug disappeared from the opening titles. Is he definitely sticking around?
"I can safely say that Doug isn't going anywhere for the near future. The titles situation is just because we're in a big transition period between characters entering and leaving, and there are loads of characters on the show at the moment. But, if what I've heard is true, it should soon be consolidated back into one set of credits. Either way, though, he's sticking around and you should hopefully start seeing a bit more of him too. He's hopefully becoming a slightly bigger player in the show."

Are you enjoying working with Hollyoaks' new producer Emma Smithwick?
"She's fantastic, she really is. She's really approachable and I think she's got some great ideas for the show. Her excitement is contagious. We had a little work party a few weeks ago where she gave a little talk, and I think we can all safely say that we're all really motivated and excited about the future of Hollyoaks because of her. She's exactly what the show needs, I think."

Which cast members would you like to start working with more?
"On a personal level, I do love working with Ashley Taylor Dawson, and I also like the rapport that Doug and Darren have within the show. I'd also like to work more with Bronagh Waugh, as Cheryl is a great character and I love the energy she has on screen - I think Doug and Cheryl having some scenes together would be a nice little pairing. But I'm someone who gets excited about working with new people every day, so any excuse to work with someone I haven't worked with before is exciting for me."

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In real life, Alice Barlow (Rae) is your housemate. What did you make of her big death scene in Hollyoaks Later?
"I was speechless! We all watched it together when the episode went out. I think Alice is one of the most incredible actresses and she's only going to go higher and higher in this world. Rae's last scene was almost unwatchable because it was done so well.

"Alice's performance was fantastic. She built it perfectly throughout the episode as well, so by the time that final scene took place, the audience empathised and really invested in her character. So then to have her so violently taken away, I just thought it was a perfect construction for that story. Alice was incredible."

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