Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn admits challenges of Mandy's big storyline

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From Digital Spy

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Hollyoaks' Sarah Jayne Dunn has opened up about the challenges of Mandy Richardson's current storyline.

As fans will know, Mandy has been covering for daughter Ella's responsibility for the death of Jordan Price last year, with Charlie Dean taking the blame.

However, Mandy has been increasingly desperate lately as she tries to maintain the deception, and with her wedding to Darren Osborne due tonight (March 12), the truth could finally come out.

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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about Mandy's actions, Sarah admitted she has been surprised about the direction her character has taken.

"It's so out of character and Mandy has gone to lengths that I never thought she would go to," she said. "I've had quite a lot of chats with the producers and scriptwriters about it and they've been great at working with me and explaining it.

"Obviously I know the character really well, so I've been saying: 'She wouldn't do this'. But they've explained: 'Well, this is the reason'. We've had a bit of back and forth and got to a point where we're all happy with it.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

"It's been challenging because I've really had to play against what the character would normally do and how she would react. I think the best way I got through it, in terms of explaining why Mandy went to these lengths and hurt the people that she hurt, is that it's pure desperation."

Sarah further explained: "Mandy can't see another way out of this and she can't lose another daughter, after everything she went through with baby Grace, everything she went through with losing Ella the first time, and everything she's been through with DJ.

"Ella is her world and she can't lose her. In a naive, delusional way, Mandy thinks this is what she needs to do and she's just lost her mind with it. It's a question of how far a mother would go for their child. So that's where Mandy is."

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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The actress also touched upon the challenges of filming a socially distanced wedding: "It was fine, it's not your typical wedding with a 'kiss the bride' but in the context of the storyline and where Mandy's head is at, it actually kind of worked!

"We did a few clever shots so it looked like we were standing closer to each other than we were. We filmed it outside, so we were able to have more space and more people there. It was interesting and challenging. Filming in general is a challenge at the moment, as we're learning new ways of doing things and making it work."

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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