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Hollyoaks: Greg Wood talks awards, Trevor dramas and Fraser mystery

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Greg Wood as Trevor Royle on Hollyoaks

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Greg Wood


For our final British Soap Awards interview, Digital Spy recently caught up with Hollyoaks actor Greg Wood, who is up for the Villain of the Year prize for his portrayal of bad boy Trevor Royle.

Trevor is currently in prison after being charged with the murder of Fraser Black, but this week viewers have seen that he is still capable of influencing events in the village from afar…

Here, Greg chats about his nomination and what the future might have in store for Trevor.

How does it feel to be up for Villain of the Year?
"It feels good as it's always nice to be acknowledged. It's a tough category and we've got three nominees from Hollyoaks in there, which is fantastic. It feels a bit funny to be up against your fellow actors, but it's definitely good news for Hollyoaks."

Do you think you're in with a good chance after Trevor's bad boy ways in the past year?
"I don't know - it's very tough! The other nominees from Hollyoaks - Jesse Birdsall and Anna Passey - are great actors and their characters have been equally villainous in their own right!

"One thing I might have on my side is that there's no villain from Coronation Street in there and I played a villain on Corrie a couple of years back. You never know, I possibly might get the Corrie vote if their fans are voting and have nobody else to choose! They might remember that I played Rick Neelan, but to be honest I've got no expectations as it's just really nice to be nominated."

After winning five awards last year, do you think Hollyoaks is in with a good chance this year too?
"I do, as we've got the most nominations out of all the soaps. Judging by that, it's looking good again for this year. Hopefully we can even top last year's! The show this year has been very strong with some great performances and storylines. We've got just as good a chance as anyone to pick up awards. The quality across the board is very good at the moment."

Trevor reassures Grace

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Trevor has had a busy year on screen with girlfriend Grace


With Trevor in prison at the moment, we're still seeing him on screen but not as often. Are you going to be busy on screen again soon?
"I'm still in work filming those odd scenes when Trevor gets visits from John Paul or Grace, but viewers will have to wait and see if he will ever get back into the village. It's nice to have a bit of time off, but I like being busy and having things to do. It's really nice when I do get to come back into work and see everyone."

Despite his arrest, it seems that Trevor didn't kill Fraser…
"His determination to get Ste sent down might lead you to think that, but the identity of the killer is still top-secret so maybe Trevor is trying to pin the blame on Ste to save his own skin. The cast don't have any idea who the killer is. We thought we did for a while, but then we heard some little nuggets of information and things have changed. I think everyone is still in the dark!"

Were you sad to see Jesse Birdsall leave the show as Fraser?
"Yes I was - he's a great guy and he was fun to have on set. He has a wealth of experience and he's a really great actor. I learned loads from Jesse and he's definitely missed."

Does Fraser's death pave the way for Trevor to be top dog in the future?
"While Trevor is in prison, there are people vying for spots and trying to muscle in on the business and things like that. But one of the main things that is playing on Trevor's mind while he's in prison is that he wants to prove his innocence, because he wants to show Grace that he didn't do it.

"Trevor has had some life-changing events recently by starting the relationship with Grace, having Fraser turn his back on him and starting to think for himself. I think that carries on in prison - Trevor is hankering for a sense of normality that he envies when he looks at other people's lives, like Tony's.

"The main crux for that is that he doesn't want Grace to get hurt. He's got this love in his life now and I don't think he wants to let that go. I'm sure Trevor has thought about the business while he's been locked away, but I don't think it's his number one focus."

Grace and Trevor watch the drama

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Grace and Trevor


Can Trevor and Grace get their relationship back on track?
"The big thing for Grace has been finding out about her dad's very dark side, as he completely denied her any love. Grace's life has been turned upside down as well. Her and Trevor are very similar people as they've lived in this dangerous world. They're peas in a pod, so I think anything's possible.

"Trevor will probably understand that Grace is thinking about her dad and he can't really blame her for doing the things that she did, such as retracting her alibi and sending him to prison. Ultimately they can get over it and Trevor can understand."

It was a surprise to see you in scenes with John Paul. Would you like to work with James Sutton more in the future?
"Definitely - James is a great actor. He's on his game, he really enjoys what he's doing and he always wants to get the best out of the scenes. James is a joy to work with because we bounce off each other really well, so it's been really good fun."

Will the prison experience change Trevor, or will he remain a bad boy for the foreseeable future?
"Obviously Trevor has been in prison before, but he hasn't been there in the frame of mind that he's in at the moment. It could possibly leave more marks on him than it did back in the day.

"Trevor always has this struggle between the light and the dark. He's about 35 now and the criminal world is all he's known, so he's never going to be mowing the lawn on a Sunday or washing his car! He'll never get that far, as he'll always have an inner rage and remnants that he can't get rid of."

You've worked closely with most of the cast, but is there anyone else you'd love to share some scenes with?
"Charlie Wernham. I think he'd be great to work with because he's a good little actor and fun to have on set. I think there's a real dark edge to his character Robbie with the current Finn storyline.

"Robbie is a bit of a lost soul and maybe is like Trevor was when he was younger, especially not having his dad around much. I think Robbie has got that dark curiosity, so that'd be fun to explore. But to be honest, I think you could put me with anyone on set and I'd enjoy working with them!"

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Voting for Villain of the Year and the other awards categories is open via the British Soap Awards website until 3pm on Friday (May 23).

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