Exclusive: Hollyoaks' Callum Kerr names suspects for George Kiss' murder

Daniel Kilkelly
·6-min read
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Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Hollyoaks has kicked off a new murder mystery storyline by killing off PC George Kiss.

George was bumped off by an unknown culprit in the closing moments of Thursday's E4 first look episode (April 22) after the truth about his abusive behaviour was revealed to all.

In an exclusive exit chat with Digital Spy, Callum Kerr – who played George – has now given us the inside scoop on the nine official suspects. Who really killed George Kiss?

1. John Paul McQueen

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Motive: Has endured months of trauma due to George's abuse throughout their relationship. George attacked John Paul yet again on the day of the murder.

Previous victims: None

Callum says: "The prime suspect! Surely it's going to get to a point where he's had enough and snapped? John Paul is known to be aggressive at times – it's not like he's a complete pushover. He has been, throughout the storyline, standing up for himself.

"If George keeps being physical with him, I think there's a massive chance that he could retaliate and things go wrong."

2. Sally St Claire

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Motive: George previously threatened Sally when she expressed concern over him mistreating John Paul. Just before the murder, Sally was horrified to discover the truth about how George had been beating up her son.

Previous victims: None

Callum says: "Sally's got to be up there as well! She's the first one who notices that something is not right with George. He seems to be able to manipulate everyone else in the village when they suspect something is happening, but Sally seems to be the one who can see through all of the lies and manipulation.

"It's hard to think that Sally could do anything wrong, because she's a headteacher, she loves kids and she's great with everyone. But sometimes when it's a member of your family, who knows what that could bring out in someone?

"I don't think Sally is top of the list, but I also wouldn't write her off."

3. Theresa McQueen

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Motive: Had previously been manipulated by George's charms, so was horrified when she finally discovered the truth about his violence towards John Paul.

Previous victims: Calvin Valentine

Callum says: "She's outlandish and random. You don't know what's coming next with Theresa. She's also shown that she's not exactly the most honest recently. She went behind her family's back with the whole doll situation.

"It's not been that long since that happened, so she's in favour with the family at the moment, but I don't know if you could trust Theresa not to do something wrong. She loves John Paul as well."

4. Mercedes McQueen

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Motive: Threatened to make George pay after John Paul revealed his abusive behaviour.

Previous victims: Paul Browning

Callum says: "She'll do anything to protect her family and she's killed before. She's a savage and I think at any moment, the switch could flip and Mercedes takes control of the situation.

"If it were Mercedes, I don't think it'd be a nice ending for George! I think she would really deal with him. She's got to be in the top three at least."

5. Nancy Osborne

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Motive: Was concerned for John Paul when he confided in her about George's violence. George also repeatedly tried to sabotage John Paul and Nancy's friendship in recent storylines.

Previous victims: None

Callum says: "I feel like Nancy is almost the collective mother of a lot of people in the show, even though they're not actually related. She looks after a lot of people.

"You wouldn't suspect it because she's a teacher, but again, when a situation gets fiery and it's life or death, you never know what people could do.

"John Paul has been manipulated recently by George to fall out with Nancy. There's definitely a chance that Nancy could take matters into her own hands to look after her friend – her best friend."

6. James Nightingale

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Motive: Was among the first to see George's evil side. Wanted revenge against George for bullying John Paul and for threatening Ste.

Previous victims: No murders, but he shot Mercedes McQueen in 2019.

Callum says: "He's probably in the top three with John Paul and Mercedes, I would say. I think that James can do anything, get away with anything and probably talk his way out of anything!

"He's very smart, so he might outwit George. I think that James could probably do it in a sneaky way, get off with it and nobody would ever know."

7. Ste Hay

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Motive: Felt that his friendship with John Paul was under threat due to George's coercive control. On the day of the murder, George threatened to frame Ste with false allegations that he sexually assaulted John Paul.

Previous victims: None.

Callum says: "George has been nasty to Ste. Ste already dislikes George. If anything, with his and James' romance starting to blossom, they might even team up. There's no reason to say that there's only one killer.

"They might team up and save John Paul from this horrible guy."

8. Cher McQueen

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Motive: Was among the McQueens present at The Dog when John Paul revealed that George had been abusing him.

Previous victims: Liza Winters

Callum says: "Old butter-wouldn't-melt! George and Cher haven't seen much of each other since they both arrived in the village, but she's a dark horse for sure.

"She's got a lot of Mercedes' traits in there. I think she looks up to Mercedes, and as time goes on, she looks more and more mischievous.

"Maybe she finds some kind of motive to kill George. Maybe she feels she has to do it to make it up to the family, or maybe it's an accident, but I wouldn't rule any of that family out."

9. Dean Vickers

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Motive: George was abusive towards him when they were a couple. The evil policeman also used Dean to make John Paul jealous.

Previous victims: None (that we know of).

Callum says: "George has given him a hard time over the years. You don't rock up in a random place and camp outside your ex's house unless there's something not quite right, emotionally or mentally.

"He could do anything at any moment and I don't think it would be surprising. He's turned up in the village a bunch of times already so there's no reason that he couldn't just turn up, beg for that one last chance and not appreciate the answer that George gives him."

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

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