Hollyoaks star admits Juliet’s funeral was ‘tough’ to film as she issues warning

Hollyoaks legend Lucy-Jo Hudson has revealed that filming the funeral of her on-screen daughter was "tough".

Fans of the Channel 4 soap were left heartbroken earlier last month as Juliet Nightingale (Niamh Blackshaw) passed away after eight months of cancer treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

In emotional scenes, Peri Lomax (Ruby O'Donnell) took her girlfriend on a trip down memory lane with the help of Juliet's family.

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She later passed away after admitting that she was "no longer scared".

Juliet's funeral takes place next week and Lucy-Jo, who plays Juliet's grieving mum Donna-Marie Quinn, has issued a frank warning to viewers.

She told Daily Star: "It's heartbreaking. All I can say is get your tissues ready because it was a tough one to film so it will be an even tougher one to watch."

Hollyoaks spoilers have revealed that James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan) goes against his late sister's wishes ahead of the funeral service.

Romeo Nightingale (Owen Warner) goes around to see him and discovers that instead of following Juliet’s plan of how she wanted her own funeral, James wants to do a traditional one with everyone wearing black.

Not wanting to cause his mum Donna-Marie more pain, Romeo agrees to his dads’ ideas.

When Romeo goes to tell Peri the change of plan, she’s left hurt and refuses to cave to James’ orders instead sticking to wearing colours just how Juliet would have wanted.

When Juliet’s family meet up with Peri at the hearse, words are exchanged between her and James that leave Peri to make the decision of not going to the funeral.

Romeo goes after Peri and tells her she needs to let go of the rage in her heart for Juliet leaving her and go with him to the funeral, so she doesn’t live with any regrets.

Lucy-Jo went on to reveal what's next for her character in the aftermath of Juliet's death.

She explained: "Donna-Marie is not coping at all now Juliet has gone.

"She's got Romeo but he's caught up in his new relationship with Rayne [Royce, played by Jemma Donovan].

"She's very lost, isolated and feeling low but she does go back to her past because that seems the only way she can cope with losing her daughter.

"Donna-Marie turns to drugs and drink and can not cope. She tries hard to get through it by herself but she can't."

"She downward spirals quite rapidly so I can not see a bright future for her just yet."

Hollyoaks airs weeknights on Channel 4 at 6.30pm followed by first-look episodes on E4 at 7pm

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