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Hollyoaks: Pregnant Jennifer Metcalfe films exit scenes for Mercedes McQueen ahead of maternity leave as she prepares to welcome first child with Greg Lake

Mercedes McQueen actress Jennifer will bow out of Hollyoaks for maternity leave in upcoming scenes which were filmed last week.

Jennifer announced her pregnancy in February exclusively to OK! Magazine, showing off her baby bump in sweet photos.

She and her partner of four years, former Geordie Shore star Greg Lake, are set to welcome their first child next month in June.

The pregnant actress will now prepare for the birth, ditching her soap alter-ego Mercedes for the time being.

Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe has filmed her final scenes with the soap ahead of her maternity leave  [Getty]

But how will the fan favourite bow out of the show?

Taking to Twitter, Jennifer responded to a crew member on the Channel 4 soap who revealed she had filmed her last scenes.

A writer on the soap tagged her in a tweet, writing: “Had the privilege yesterday of directing [Jennifer] in her final Hollyoaks scene before maternity leave! Wishing her lots of luck… x.”

Jennifer replied: “Ta lovely!”

Filming usually takes place around six to eight weeks before the scenes air, but it’s not known if this will be the case.

Hollyoaks bosses have yet to share details on how Mercedes leaves or when.

Jennifer Metcalfe is due to give birth in June, and this is her first child with partner Greg Lake [Jennifer Metcalfe/Instagram]
Hollyoaks: Jennifer Metcalfe plays Mercedes McQueen on the soap [Lime Pictures]

In a recent interview, Jennifer revealed how she often had emotional moments on set during her pregnancy, and how she was comparing notes and bumps with co-star Chelsee Healey who is also pregnant.

Mercedes is currently involved in a plot with Ryan Knight, with both of them suspects in the murder of his wife Amy Barnes.

The pair recently kissed, with Duncan James, who plays him, teasing their could be a ulterior motive for the romance.

Mercedes was in the flat next to Amy’s the night she died, and recently tried to help track down the real killer after Ste Hay’s arrest.

McQueen girls Jennifer Metcalfe and Chelsee Healey are both pregnant and expecting their first child around the same time [Instagram]

But with seven different endings filmed for the death scene, how does Mercedes end up becoming a suspect, and will this be linked to her exit?

Hollyoaks continues week nights at 6:30pm on Channel 4, and the next episode follows at 7pm on E4.

Source: http://www.ok.co.uk/tv/hollyoaks/1073376/hollyoaks-mercedes-mcqueen-exit-maternity-leave-jennifer-metcalfe-due-date-gives-birth-pregnant

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