Can Luke win back Mandy? Hol­lyoaks

luke’s hopes of A re­union with the woman he loves Are dashed. But he won’t give up with­out A fight! gary lucy re­veals All…

Soaplife - - Hot This Issue - By Sally Brock­way

When Luke Mor­gan gets a call from Diane Hutchin­son to say that Mandy Richard­son wants him back, he re­turns to Hol­lyoaks in a flash, thrilled that the love of his life is will­ing to give him a sec­ond chance. Un­for­tu­nately, Diane’s given Luke false hope be­cause Mandy isn’t in­ter­ested. ‘He’s dev­as­tated,’ ac­tor Gary Lucy tells Soaplife. ‘Mandy ac­tu­ally wants to get her life back on track with­out Luke on the scene.’ Will he be able to win her round?

What’s gone wrong for Mandy and Luke?

Ba­si­cally, Luke hasn’t yet got the pro­fes­sional help he needs to move on from is­sues that have af­fected him deeply. He’s also openly an al­co­holic. He’s been sober for some time, but he’s never far from go­ing back on the bot­tle.

Does he blame him­self for los­ing Mandy?

Com­pletely, but he just can’t help it. There are a lot of rea­sons why he is where he is and, over the com­ing weeks, you’ll learn more and more.

What’s Luke’s plan?

He wants to stay in Hol­lyoaks, get his life in or­der and win Mandy back. He goes for a job teach­ing PE at Hol­lyoaks High, but Mandy tries to sab­o­tage his chances. She wants to get her daugh­ter, Ella, back from so­cial ser­vices and she be­lieves it’ll be eas­ier if Luke isn’t around.

Will Mandy and Luke get back to­gether?

In an ideal world, yes. But this is Hol­lyoaks. There’s some heavy stuff com­ing up… I’m right in the mid­dle of it now and it’s ex­haust­ing. I’m en­joy­ing it, though, and it is jus­ti­fied. There’s a big se­cret that will come out and it’s the main rea­son why they’re both back in the vil­lage.

Does Luke see Tony as a threat to his am­bi­tions?

Well, Mandy was mar­ried to him, so he won’t be happy to see them get­ting close.

Luke was raped in the vil­lage. Will those memories come back to haunt him?

That was one of the things he ran away from and didn’t deal with prop­erly. It all comes back to haunt him.

What has it been like work­ing again with Sarah Jayne Dunn, who plays Mandy?

Lovely, like old times. Ob­vi­ously, both of us are in dif­fer­ent phases of our lives now as we have chil­dren. We did some work­shops to find out why Mandy and Luke are where they are and it didn’t take long to get back into char­ac­ter.

Is it good to be back?

It re­ally is. I still have friends at Hol­lyoaks, in the cast and in the crew. It was one of my first big jobs and cer­tainly one of the most mem­o­rable.

Do you miss your fam­ily dur­ing the week?

I do, but I see them at the week­ends to do all the fun stuff like horse rid­ing, bike rid­ing and so on. I do the nice bits, then go back to Liver­pool on Mon­day and my wife does the hard stuff!

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