Hollyoaks' Denise Welch teases darker side to Trish Minniver

Susannah Alexander
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From Digital Spy

Hollyoaks newcomer Trish Minniver has already been causing trouble for her daughter Maxine Minniver since breezing into the village in January, with Maxine having become immediately and unwittingly entangled with Trish's boyfriend Brad King.

Trish (Denise Welch) and Maxine (Nikki Sanderson) have never had the easiest relationship and, despite Trish apparently wanting to spend more time with Maxine, actress Denise has teased that there is a darker side to her character which is waiting to be revealed.

"She has a very dark, narcissistic side, but she is also great fun," Denise told TV Times, adding that Trish's relationship with Maxine is certainly not the calmest.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"There's a real passive-aggressiveness toward Maxine," she explained. "It's not a healthy relationship, but it's also not uncommon."

The actress wasn't giving away any details about exactly what might transpire next between Trish and Maxine, but it certainly sounds like their relationship won't be becoming harmonious in the long-term.

Denise, who has also starred in fellow soaps Coronation Street and EastEnders in the past, also praised soaps for offering "great roles for older women", revealing that she is very pleased to be part of a show with such a range of characters and storylines.

"I think soaps work the best when you've got the combination of older and younger characters and the mix of comedy and drama," she said. "And Hollyoaks do issue-led storylines so well. I'm delighted they've been exploring postnatal depression and psychosis, because that's where my own mental health troubles started."

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Denise has previously praised Hollyoaks for "not making a big deal" of the age gap between Trish and her boyfriend Brad (Tom Benedict Knight), saying that she is pleased that their ages aren't "really that relevant" to the plots.

"That's fantastic because we all know that when you watch films and TV shows with women in their 60s, they're kind of being written as a granny, whereas I'm still after a booty call, so there you go!" she said.

Next week will see Trish making plans to set up a new dance school after she left her previous role under difficult circumstances. She secures an offer of funding from Brad – who has his own sinister intentions – and competes to win some space to rent from Marnie Nightingale (Lysette Anthony), but she can't help but mock Marnie's dance skills during a taster session.

Is Trish's new dance school dream over before it's begun?

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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