The game could finally be up for Darren Osborne and Mandy Richardson in Hollyoaks – just as Mandy is preparing to jet off with Luke Morgan to get married. Will Darren set out to destroy their wedding plans and expose what has been going on for weeks?
Darren and Mandy have found themselves unable to resist one another, despite how much they know their deception will hurt Nancy and Luke. And as their affair has continued, they have struggled to confront their deepening feelings for one another – and when Darren faces the prospect of Mandy marrying Luke, he hits rock bottom.
He declares his love to Mandy and promises her that he will tell Nancy everything and end his marriage to be with her but Mandy is insistent that they need to cool things off and concentrate on their separate relationships.
Ashley Taylor-Dawson, who plays Darren, explained: ‘He thinks that Mandy is making a huge mistake; Darren’s willing to give up everything for her, but he’s getting nothing back. He’s trying to decide whether to speak up and reveal everything so they can be together, or to just let Mandy carry on and forget the affair ever happened. He’s sick of the lies and deceit.
If it came out, I think that they’d become very excluded from all their friends and family and end up very lonely, even if they were to stick together. The fun at the moment is that it’s all in secret, but in the long run if it came out it could ruin their lives, but Darren’s willing to take that risk…’
However, while Mandy is not for persuading, her confidence takes a knock when she finds an empty vodka bottle and worries that Luke has fallen off the wagon again. As they prepare to set off for their overseas wedding, will she have a change of heart?
Or could Darren turn up and reveal the truth?
Ashley sighed: ‘She’s choosing to get married now whilst they have this secret relationship going on. She wasn’t around during the times he got married to Nancy, so for him it’s a totally different circumstance.
‘I think Darren does and always will love Nancy, but at this point he has fully fallen in love with Mandy, who has taken over his feelings. But what will he decide to do?’
We can reveal that Mandy and Luke will indeed jet off but as Nancy prepares to watch the wedding stream online, Darren deliberately unplugs it so that he doesn’t have to watch it. But will this lead to Nancy getting suspicious?