Hollyoaks star Ruby O'Donnell discusses possible tragedy in Juliet story

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Hollyoaks star Ruby O'Donnell has shared her thoughts on Juliet Nightingale's current cancer storyline.

Juliet (Niamh Blackshaw) was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma on the show last year and has since fought hard to battle the disease.

Recent episodes have seen Juliet unable to receive a potentially life-saving stem-cell transplant due to poor health, with the reality of the illness beginning to take its toll on girlfriend Peri.

While speaking to Inside Soap about Peri's recent meltdown, Ruby touched on what she thinks would happen if Juliet lost her fight.

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"I don't know if she'd ever recover. Juliet is the love of Peri's life and it would be utterly devastating," she said.

"Whatever the outcome of this storyline, it's been extremely heartbreaking for everyone."

The actress said she thought it was important to tackle difficult topics on the show, citing personal experience.

"I've recently lost someone to cancer, so this has been quite close to home," she added.

"But we do issue-based storylines to reach out to those who are dealing with it in real life, to let them know that they're not alone. Me and Niamh want to raise awareness and do it justice, for those who have faced cancer."

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Niamh also touched on the emotional response to her character's current storyline, saying she has been overwhelmed by support from viewers.

"Juliet isn't real – but she's representative of something that is very real," she told Inside Soap last month.

"So many people have come up to me to tell me their stories, which is amazing. I'm enjoying the story, despite how sad it is."

Hollyoaks streams first online via Channel 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.

Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.

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If you would like more information or support about living with cancer or treatment, please click here for guidance from MacMillan Cancer Support, or click here to learn more from Stand Up to Cancer.

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