Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks star Niamh Blackshaw has admitted that she refused to believe that Sid Sumner had really been killed off.
It was confirmed this week that Sid was back from the dead after faking his own death on the advice of the police in order to bring down drug dealer Victor Brothers.
Last night's (March 18) first look episode also saw the release of Juliet Nightingale (Niamh) from prison after Victor was implicated.
However, the actress has now opened up about when she first found out about the twist, admitting that she was in disbelief when Sid actor Billy Price told her that he would be killed off.
"I wasn't really involved in that storyline at all because Juliet was in prison, but in a scene I was doing with Billy, he pulled me aside and said: 'I'm dying!' I was like: 'No, I don't believe it for a second'," she recalled exclusively to Digital Spy.
"I don't know if it's because I'm friends with Billy so I can tell when he's lying, but I was also like: 'They can't kill Sid! There's absolutely no way. I don't believe it'.
"Then he eventually caved after trying to convince me for about 15 minutes. He said: 'No, okay, so I'm not actually dead'. So I knew from the start that he wasn't actually dead. But it was still nice to see it on screen, having not been a part of it."
Niamh also spoke about Juliet's feelings on the sacrifices Sid made for her, explaining: "Juliet is so grateful and obviously Sid is the best friend that anyone could ever ask for!
"But if it was the other way round, I know she would have done the same thing for him. It's just the relationship that they have. I think it's just made them even closer and now they have an unbreakable bond – Sid literally died for her."
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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