Haiesha Mistry “couldn’t stop crying” as Lauren McQueen filmed her final Hollyoaks scene.
The 25-year-old actress – who plays Yasmine Maalik in the Channel 4 soap – has praised the 22-year-old star, who bowed out of the show in last night’s (10.04.19) E4 episode when her character Lily McQueen died of sepsis, as a “talented soul” following her ‘Oaks exit.
Sharing a picture of herself, Lauren and Ruby O’Donnell (Peri Lomax) on Twitter, she wrote: “I know we look emotional here because we couldn’t stop crying… This was our last day filming a Lily, Yazz and Peri scene, and Lauren’s last scene on @Hollyoaks
“@Lauren_McQueen it has been a blessing to work with you. You are such a beautiful talented soul and a true friend (sic)”
Ross Adams (Scott Drinkwell) was also emotional as he watched Lauren’s final scenes.
He wrote: “I am SOBBING at tonight’s E4 @Hollyoaks. Outstanding performances from my lovely on-screen family. @Lauren_McQueen – you, my girl, are an absolute star. Keep shining bright. Miss you lots. X (sic)”
I am SOBBING at tonight’s E4 @Hollyoaks. Outstanding performances from my lovely on-screen family. @Lauren_McQueen – you, my girl, are an absolute star. Keep shining bright. Miss you lots. X pic.twitter.com/v2WkCZVpBC
— Ross Adams (@ross_adams) April 10, 2019
After Lily bowed out of the Hollyoaks village, Lauren thanked the soap for handing her such an important sepsis plot as her last storyline.
She wrote on Instagram: “Lily McQueen will be forever in my heart! Thank you so so much for everyone’s support & messages on my last episode. I feel so lucky to have been apart of @hollyoaksofficial I love that they aren’t afraid to confront challenging issues like Lily’s self harm & sepsis. They tackled it beautifully and I can’t thank them enough for nominating me for Best Actress at this year’s @thebritishsoapawards Here’s a few pics with some of the best people I worked with on my very last scenes and our amazing director Patrick Harkins! RIP #lilymcqueen (sic)”
Earlier this month, Lauren admitted she was “really shocked” to find out she was being killed off in Hollyoaks.
She said: “I was really shocked, to be honest.
“Lily’s been through so much, and everyone just wants her to have a happy ending. That would have been the easy way to go out of the show, though – I knew this story would be challenging for me, and I wanted to do it justice.
“I’ve got a friend who has recovered from sepsis twice, so she really helped me to understand how it affected her, and gave me a detailed response of how she felt at the time.
“That really helped with the physical side of it”.
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