Hollyoaks waves goodbye to one of its biggest characters tonight (April 21) as Freddie Roscoe bows out from the show following an unforgettable four-year stint.
Fans have just seen Freddie make a devastating mistake as he nearly killed Nick Savage with one punch, sending him flying into the village's hot tub and almost drowning him.
Friday's E4 episode sees Freddie forced to go on the run when he discovers that he's now facing a possible 12-year prison sentence for the attack due to his previous criminal record.
Although Ellie Nightingale considers leaving with her boyfriend, he realises that he can't take her away from her family – forcing the couple to say an emotional goodbye before Freddie's half-brother Darren Osborne drives him away.
Here, Charlie Clapham reflects on his time as Freddie and why it was the right time to go.
Why are you leaving Hollyoaks?
"After four years, I felt the time was right to hang up the leather jacket. It was an incredibly hard decision, but I was excited to see how the writing team and producers were going to have Freddie Roscoe sign out.
"Fortunately for Fred and me, we got to leave the 'Oaks on somewhat heroic terms after Freddie took matters of Ellie's attacker into his own hands – literally!"
Why does Freddie choose to leave Ellie behind?
"I think Freddie has always been a lone ranger. Even when his family was around, he rarely kept any of them close. I often found Freddie would put others before himself when the real danger came into play and would therefore find himself on his own. I think it was only right for him to leave on his own with the help of his trusty half-brother, Dazzler Osborne!"
How much have you enjoyed your time at Hollyoaks?
"I recently posted a thank you to everyone at Lime Pictures for the past four years saying that they were the best of my life, and that is the truth. It has been a magical whirlwind that I have thoroughly enjoyed throughout, meeting and working with really lovely human beings the whole time.
"I've always received a lot of support from the fans too during my time on the show – that is something I've never taken for granted and I consider myself very lucky to have felt that."
How does it feel to be the last Roscoe standing?
"Freddie Roscoe, last Roscoe standing - I never thought I'd see that. It only seems like yesterday we were all starting together. It's only when the rest of the family leaves that you really appreciate how good it was when we were all together. There were some long days, but I'd go back and do it all again if I could."
What will you miss the most?
"I'll miss being on set the most. Some days are longer than others, but you get through it together and have a lot of fun in the process. I always got a good feeling heading onto set, shaking hands with everybody and cracking on with the scenes.
"The crews are always changing and there's always a different group of faces, spear-headed by a first assistant director. One man in particular called Colin Melia would drive shoots through to the end, but still allow a lot of banter – I always looked forward to working with him."
What are your Hollyoaks highlights?
"My highlight would be filming my first episode. I had no idea what was going on, it was a crazy new world I was entering and it all seemed quite magical. Plus I got to work with Nikki Sanderson (Maxine) who I fancied when I was growing up... which I told her!"
What do you hope for Freddie's future?
"I would like to see Freddie venture off with Lexi to South Africa, chilling out with her uncles, Robbie and Jason, oh and of course the wonderful Sandy Roscoe."
Are you glad the door has been left open?
"I was flattered not to have been killed off – I think it's a good sign. I like to think of the possibility of being able to go back one day. Not for a while though – I was so emotional on my last day, I couldn't go through all that again anytime soon!"
What would your dream role be for the future?
"Ooh I don't know, I consider myself to be very lucky to have played Freddie for so long. Growing up I'd always dreamt of being able to say I was an actor and Hollyoaks made that possible, so I guess Freddie Roscoe was in many ways a dream role come true."
If you could have brought back just one Roscoe before you left, who would it be?
"If I could bring one Roscoe back, it would be Gillian Taylforth who played Sandy. She was amazing in so many ways: a true professional, a wonderful actress, a real friend, an amazing all round telly mum. And if you asked any of the Roscoe boys, I bet they'd say the same."
If you could have been a different character, who would you have been?
"Well, Fabrizio [Santino, who played Ziggy] and I originally went up for the same role. I ended up getting Freddie and they created Ziggy for him. Ziggy would've been a lot of fun to play.
"I really enjoyed working with Jesse who played Fraser Black as I learnt a lot from him, and he had a pretty good part too. But that would mean I'd have ended up shooting myself, so I'll just stick to being Freddie."
Do you have a leaving message for everybody?
"I would like to thank everybody at Lime Pictures for four incredible years that I will never forget. Every single member of staff, production and crew – you're all wonderful human beings and I can't thank you enough for having me as part of your family.
"I would also like to thank the fans. The show would not exist without you. There would be no Hollyoaks, no awards, no amazing experience and certainly no Freddie Roscoe. Thank you for making all of the above possible!"
Hollyoaks airs Freddie's final scenes tonight (April 21) at 7pm on E4 and on Monday (April 24) at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
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