Hollyoaks: Anna Passey interview – “Sienna’s excited about the wedding, but feels guilty about lying to Warren”

Will her tragic cancer secret be revealed on the big day?

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Hollyoaks’ Sienna Blake prepares to marry Warren Fox this week, but the groom is unaware his pregnant bride-to-be is hiding the fact her cancer has progressed while the future Mrs Fox has no idea her fiancé has cheated on her with fellow gangster Grace Black.


Needless to say, next Thursday’s big day doesn’t quite go as planned as Grace, having fallen hard for Foxy, vows to fight for her man and Sienna struggles to cope with her condition.

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Desperate to get her happy ending after a lifetime of tragedy, will Sienna tie the knot with her beloved? What does the future hold for her cancer diagnosis and pregnancy with twins? And can anyone make an honest man of Warren?

We caught up with actress Anna Passey as her character looks forward to what should be the happiest day of her life – but this being Hollyoaks, it will most probably be a total disaster…

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The big day is finally here for Sienna and Warren, how is Sienna feeling?

She’s excited about the wedding, but keeping the fact she still has cancer from Warren is getting increasingly difficult. She’s getting pains, having to lie about attending hospital appointments, as well as having Kim living in the flat so she’s trying her hardest to cover it up, but she still feels really guilty.

Grace suspects Sienna is hiding something, what do you think she would do if she found out about Sienna’s cancer?

Grace has actually developed genuine feelings for Warren, so I think anything she could use against Sienna, she probably would. However, because of the nature of the secret maybe it would make her feel bad enough to leave it alone.

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Do you think Sienna and Warren can ever have an honest relationship?

No I don’t think so, it just doesn’t seem possible. There’s always been some sort of secret kept between them. I think before Sienna had been diagnosed with cancer, most things had been brought out into the open, other than the affair, and Sienna was willing to be honest with him. But the stakes are now too high with the babies and her refusal to have the treatment in case it endangers them.

As the wedding day arrives, is Sienna in love with Warren and ready to spend the rest of her life with him?

Yes, absolutely. She wants them to be a proper family unit, but obviously she is really worried about the cancer and if that gets any worse. No matter what way the cancer plays out for her, she still wants to have Warren by her side.

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What is the ideal outcome for Sienna?

To have the babies and for them to be well and for her and Warren to be stable, so that then she’d know if anything bad did happen, the children would be well looked after.

How is Sienna dealing with the idea of her cancer getting worse during her pregnancy?

The pregnancy is the main concern at this point, if she wasn’t pregnant maybe she would have more concern for herself. She’s desperate for the twins not to be affected by the cancer and her whole reason for not having the chemo is because she’s worried that it would affect the babies.

Have you found it challenging to portray such a serious storyline?

It’s very different. It’s something I have never done before and playing these scenes day in, day out is very sad. It’s such an important issue and I want to make sure I do a good job with my performance. However, when you talk to people who have been through similar things or want to raise awareness and they can relate to what you’re doing, it makes it very worthwhile.


Hollyoaks continues weeknights on E4 at 7pm and on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.