Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson hints at "dark and sad times" ahead for Darren

Amy West
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From Digital Spy

Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson has hinted that there are "dark and sad times" ahead for Darren Osborne.

In a special Yearbook 2021 interview with Inside Soap, the actor looked back on how the character's "whole world has come tumbling down" and "everything he's ever been through came to a head in 2020" – despite the fact that he's already tried to do the right thing at any given opportunity.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"He's had a rough ride throughout his life," Dawson told the publication. "This past year has been an accumulation of all of that, and that has sent him into this big depression, which has been awful."

Tragically, it sounds as if things aren't going to improve drastically for Darren over the next few months either, as the 38-year-old added: "There are some dark and sad times ahead for Darren. It was funny because, when we filmed that scene for the flashforward where [he] was crying, I wasn't allowed to know why he was so distressed!

"So I'm looking forward to actually finding out..."

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Elsewhere, Dawson recalled how he had to have a psychological evaluation before embarking on Darren's mental health storyline, because "when you're acting in those scenes, and crying all the time, your brain doesn't know the difference between that and real life".

He said he would often have to make a conscious decision to reassure himself after a particularly intense day of filming, before concluding: "Luckily, I've got a beautiful missus and three incredible boys who keep me on my toes from the second I get home."

Hollyoaks continues Mondays through Thursdays with first-look episodes at 7pm on E4, followed by repeat airings on Channel 4 the following evening at 6.30pm.

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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