James Sutton reveals he quit Hollyoaks a year ago

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

James Sutton has revealed that he made the decision to quit Hollyoaks one year ago, despite his exit only being announced in January.

Having filmed his final scenes in the role, Sutton recently admitted that he is unable to justify his character John Paul's behaviour anymore after he cheated on his partner James Nightingale with his ex-husband Ste Hay.

And it turns out that it was because of John Paul's relationships that he decided to leave. Kind of.

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"I sat down with our producer Bryan Kirkwood, about a year ago, and we just kind of felt that we'd explored everything there was to explore with John Paul," he told the Daily Star Sunday.

"We've done a lot of big issue based stuff and also John Paul has slept with half the village already. He was running out of fellas! It was very sad but it's exciting at the same time.

"I've had the last year to get my head around it. I'm looking forward to people seeing my last week of episodes and how it all comes to an end for John Paul."

Friday's (March 3) E4 first look episode saw John Paul hit with another moral dilemma when James popped the question, unaware that he is secretly battling with his rekindled feelings for Ste.

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It all comes to a head this week in Hollyoaks when the soap airs John Paul's final scenes, which have been "bittersweet" for Sutton to film as he's "loved" working with Greg Finnegan, who plays James.

"I've been working with him this whole time knowing that I was going to leave. But it's like any job when you know you're leaving, you make the most of everything," he recalled.

But will John Paul have a happy exit from Hollyoaks? Find out this week when it airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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