Hollyoaks: Lisa Maxwell interview – “Tracey thinks this is her chance to get rid of Darcy!”

The star reveals all about the mother of all showdowns coming next week...


The moment Tracey Donovan has been dreaming of finally comes true in Hollyoaks this coming week when she gets her hands on incriminating evidence that could drive devious Darcy Wilde out of her life for good.


In desperate need of a cash injection so she can continue to buy her private investigator’s silence about her past, desperate Darcy begs her ex Adam for a loan, pretending it’s for their son Toby’s treatment.


Caught up in the moment when boyfriend (and Adam’s brother) Jesse suggests they throw caution to the wind and elope to Barbados the next day, Darcy forgets about keeping her PI sweet and her big secret ends up being revealed to Tracey.

Stunned at what she hears, toxic Trace tells Darcy to meet her at Lisa’s Loveboat and plans to threaten her with the information she’s learnt.


With seriously bad blood between the messed-up mum and bitchy blonde stretching back years, Tracey’s showdown with her devilish future daughter-in-law is set to be unmissable – is it the end for scheming Darcy? Or with troubled Tracey hitting the bottle to celebrate banishing Ms Wilde from her boys’ lives, will Mrs Donovan be outsmarted once again?

We caught up with Lisa Maxwell, who plays Tracey, to find out more about what promises to be a wild week for the Donovan clan.

When Tracey gets her hands on some info that could get rid of Darcy, what are her initial thoughts?

Probably relief, as she thinks this is finally the chance for Darcy to get her comeuppance. Tracey has been waiting a long time for this, so I suppose there is also some type of excitement that she can prove she’s been right all along.

What would it mean to Tracey if she did manage to get rid of Darcy once and for all?

For Tracey that’s the most important thing in the world. She thinks it would bring happiness to her family and finally give them the chance to bond again without Darcy scheming behind their backs.


What lengths is Tracey willing to go to make sure Darcy is no longer causing problems for her family?

Well, you have to consider that Tracey isn’t always the most stable person, so I couldn’t tell you to what lengths she would go. She could do something really extreme!

Tracey has finally started to bond with her daughter, Grace, do you think they can get past their problems and start afresh?

Yes I think they can. Grace is starting to open up to her mum a lot more, there was always a wall there that seems to be knocking down. Tracey can now see that there’s a chance they can have this mother daughter relationship she’s always wanted.


Have you enjoyed your time so far at Hollyoaks?

I have loved it! It is one of the happiest shows I have worked on. The level of talent among the actors is quite incredible and I am just having the best time. It’s just a wonderful happy family here.

What’s it been like working with your onscreen family? They’ve become quite the rabble…

We’ve all become such good friends. Although Tracey and Darcy have this real hatred for each other, I absolutely adore Aisling (Jarrett-Gavin, who plays her) and we are great friends off screen!

Tracey is such an extreme character, what’s it like playing her?

It’s interesting, I’ve never played anyone like her before. I have played women that are damaged, but Tracey has so many flaws that it has been quite a challenge to make her likeable – if she even is?!


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