Hollyoaks newcomer Callum Kerr has spoken to Digital Spy about the possibility that his character could be killed off at the end of the year.
The actor has just been announced as the Channel 4 soap's newest signing, playing handsome policeman George Kiss.
George is joining the show as part of the County Lines drug dealing storyline which will be running this year. With this in mind, some fans are already speculating that he could be the mystery character seen in a body bag in a recent flashforward scene.
Hollyoaks bosses recently gave us a glimpse of December 31, 2020, as John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) was seen sobbing next to a body bag and crime scene outside The Hutch.
Asked by Digital Spy whether he's worried this is a bad omen for George, Callum laughed: "Absolutely, yeah! I'd love to have a long, healthy stint on the show.
"But George is in a very dangerous line of work during a very dangerous time. I'll have to keep my fingers crossed – I pray that it's not me in the bag, but I don't know that myself yet. I've not read the stories that far in advance!"
Discussing how far George would go to solve the drugs problems ahead in the village, Callum joked: "He'd be willing to risk his life, as long as the papers wrote about him afterwards and called him a 'hero cop'! I think he'd do anything.
"George is going to put himself in some dangerous situations when he should probably wait for back-up. But I think he loves the action and he is so passionate that he rushes in without thinking."
Hollyoaks announced George's arrival on Monday, ahead of his debut in next week's episodes. He makes his first appearance after Nancy Osborne (Jessica Fox) is stabbed while breaking up a fight in the Hollyoaks High school playground.
Callum continued: "George is very exciting as a new character. He's passionate and he loves his job. He loves being the saviour and being in the limelight. George loves the action of being a policeman, more so than the paperwork and the logistics.
"You'll see that he's quite flirty, he's very friendly with everyone and he has got a really exciting storyline.
"My first scenes come when Nancy has just been stabbed in the playground after an altercation and the police are called. George is the first officer on the scene, but the paramedics are already there. He has to try to understand what's going on very quickly.
"George takes control of the situation immediately. It's a really nice way to be introduced, showing him as someone who's trustworthy and who can take control of a dangerous situation. I think there'll be a lot of those, over the course of the next year.
"So far my scenes have been with the teachers at the school. I have shared scenes with Nancy, Sally, John Paul, and then a few of the worried parents as well. I've also been with DS Cohen a few times. She's my boss and she's very good at her job, so George is keen to impress!"
The soap's new recruit also spoke about being part of the County Lines story, which reflects an issue often in the headlines.
He said: "It is very relevant and it's an honour to be part of it. It's something that has only come to light recently, even though it's been going on for a long time.
"Any awareness that we can raise over it, while entertaining people who watch Hollyoaks, is awesome. I'm looking forward to having an action-packed storyline.
"You'll see that George is a police officer for the right reasons and his heart is in it. He wants to make sure this village, and the kids in it, are safe from the dangers that come from drug dealing and drug trafficking."
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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