Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway joins the cast of Hollyoaks next week as the ‘Who Killed Amy Barnes?’ storyline comes to a head.
The TV favourite plays herself as news crews descend on the Chester village for the trial of Ste Hay, prime suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend who was found dead in her flat in March.
Bookending the special week of episodes with her reports on the dramatic twists and turns of the court case, it’s Garraway’s soap debut – so how did it come about?
How did being joining Hollyoaks and being part of this storyline come about?
It’s all Duncan James’ fault! He came on to the GMB sofa to talk about playing Ryan Knight, we were chatting and I said how much I love Hollyoaks. He asked if I would like to go and visit the set, which of course I said yes to. I couldn’t believe it when he came back and said not only was I going to get to visit but have a part too – it was very exciting!
Is this your first acting role?
You mean you missed my extraordinary performance in the cult hit, Sharknado 5?! Where have you been? In that I ended up getting eaten by a shark in the GMB studio, so I guess after that anything the Hollyoaks crew could do to me would be better.
What’s more nerve-wracking: Hollyoaks, Strictly Come Dancing or sitting next to Piers Morgan?
Well they all have their own risks. With Strictly I ended up on crutches, with Piers it’s like being in the centre of a tornado, and having seen Hollyoaks where literally anything could happen, I was prepared for the worst but actually everyone was so lovely, it was great fun.
Do you have any tips for learning lines?
I am a bit new to it to be giving out tips! As a journalist of course you have to learn the details of stories you are covering and the important facts off by heart, but the precise wording of every line is left to us to adlib. But with a script the writers want you to say it exactly as it’s written, so I had to just keep going over it in my head until I got it. And of course there is the extra pressure of not mucking up because your line might be feeding a specific response from another character.
Who do you think killed Amy out of the list of suspects: Ste, James, Harry, Ryan, DS Armstrong?
I have absolutely no idea, and that is what I love about Hollyoaks, you never know what is coming next!
How long have you been a fan of the show?
I’ve watched for years. Before I had kids I used to love lying in bed watching the omnibus on a Sunday morning. I’m now even more keen because I’ve seen how amazing the whole production is, you can have six or seven scenes going on at once. Also every bit of the studios is used on the show, even the corridor from the canteen to the dressing room will all of a sudden be turned into a corridor at the school, it’s fascinating.
If you could come back and play a character, other than yourself, on the show, what would you like it be?
I would love to come back if they’d have me. I have always loved the idea of playing a villain! Maybe Linda Gray and I could be rivals…
Hollyoaks continues weeknights on E4 at 7pm and on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.