Wednesday 24 January 2018

I was so upset after being killed off, says Susan

Silvia Napoleoni as Denise and Susan Loughnane as Debbie
Silvia Napoleoni as Denise and Susan Loughnane as Debbie
The bodies of Denise and Debbie in a scene from Love/Hate
Keith Duffy who plays gym owner and drug dealer Mark
Callous: Nidge sees the bodies

Eimear Rabbitte

ACTRESS Susan Loughnane was so upset after learning that Love/Hate bosses wanted to kill her off that she had to be comforted by her mother.

The 24-year-old says she was "devastated" and "in a trance" after reading the script that led to her demise.

Last night, viewers of the hit show were treated to a boyband star as a vicious drug dealer, heartbreak, a blast from the past and another botched gangland hit.


As Loughnane's character overdosed on heroin and Boyzone's Keith Duffy made a cameo, gang boss Nidge's paranoia reached breaking point.

Malahide native Susan explained that she was so upset after reading the script depicting her character's death that she had to be comforted by her mother.

However, she accepted it was the "right time" for her to go -- even though it rules her out of season five.

The Hollyoaks actress is now looking to take a break from the "darker stuff" with lighter comedy roles in the offing.

"I had known it was going to happen as I had spoken about it with my agent and we all agreed it was best if this was the last season for Debbie,"she said.

"But reading the script upset me a lot more than I had expected it to.

"I went out with my mother for a coffee in Malahide and I was sort of in a trance after reading it.

"She knew I was upset so I had to tell her. It was hard to read. I am very attached to Debbie," she added.

Susan described the storyline, which sees her and flatmate Denise rotting in their apartment for days before they are found as "beautifully tragic".

And her overdose shed light on the evil nature of gang leader Nidge who decided to leave her body to decompose

But Nidge has far more serious things to worry about than two dead prostitutes.

His paranoia goes into overdrive after a chance encounter with Patrick, a pipe bomb maker and armourer who is a friend of Fran's.

Nidge recognises him as the man who supplied him with the pipe bomb with which Nidge maimed Fran's wife Linda on John Boy's orders two years ago.


Nidge confronts Patrick who assures him that he is discreet and that Fran knows nothing but still he is convinced that Patrick is a problem and decides to kill him

Last night's episode also featured a debut from a familiar face -- former Coronation Street star Keith Duffy.

The 39-year-old plays gym owner and drug dealer Mark, an associate of gang member Ado who helps them with their drug shipment.


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