With the truth out, Timmy sought refuge at Fergus’ nightclub, hoping that his mentor would hide him away and prevent him from being caught by the police.
Fergus promised to do just that, much to Timmy’s delight, but the property tycoon had no intention of following through on said promise. In shocking scenes, he reached for the gun, and shot an unsuspecting Timmy in the back of the skull, bringing to an end another memorable chapter in Hollyoaks’ history.
It was certainly an intense storyline, helmed by a superb performance from Sam Tutty, who was arguably never better than he was in his swan song outing. Hollyoaks will miss him and, quite frankly, so will we.
Sam will now reprise the titular role in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen, a part for which he won an Olivier Award prior to the first national lockdown. But before we say goodbye, Metro.co.uk caught up with the star to reflect on his unforgettable journey on the Channel 4 soap and to discuss the future.
How are you feeling ahead of your final Hollyoaks episode? Are you excited for everyone to see it?
I am! I’m quite emotional. I’m working on a musical at the moment, so it’s always nice to come back and check in and see where Timmy is at. I really loved working with everyone as well, so it’s nice to have that immediate content to remember and reminisce about.
[Niamh and Ruby] are both so lovely to work with. It’s lovely to perform and act with them.
It felt like it all went so quickly. When it was over, I couldn’t believe it.
Did you know when you first joined Hollyoaks that this was the direction the story was going to take?
I didn’t know the big crescendo! I knew I wasn’t going to be in the show for very long, which is very upsetting, but I was very excited, and I enjoyed not knowing [what was going to happen], as I felt that was more true to the character.
It certainly helped me play Timmy’s innocence. There are seldom times where I’m allowed to show that he has an inkling of innocence, so it did help – via my own volition – being in the dark.
A lot of people, they need to know the arc – and to be fair that’s an interesting way of playing it, because if they know what’s going to happen they might play it differently. But I think it was really fun playing Timmy by each episode, and just figuring out what happens!
How are you feeling now that your time on Hollyoaks has come to an end?
Oh, really sad! I was really enjoying it, It was my first telly job, and they were all so caring. They really allowed me to make my own mistakes or novice choices, and they were really accommodating. Lovely, lovely people, who can see the joy in what they’re creating. The cast and the crew are absolutely gorgeous. I miss them all very dearly!
The best way to leave a soap is with a really explosive exit. Were you happy with your final scenes?
Yes! (laughs) Absolutely. The writing there was really wonderful. It was like I could take it in a million directions and still stay true to the script. The script was equally as accommodating as the cast and the crew, and that was a key thing as to why I really enjoyed my time on Hollyoaks.
The script was so malleable: you could dictate where you wanted to go with it, and the directors would give you creative licence, and go: “Okay, let’s do another one and try it like this!” and I just found that really fresh. I didn’t just want to say it one way a thousand times. It was very rewarding.
What was the fan reaction to Timmy like on social media?
[Laughs] If anyone dares to break up Jeri [Juliet and Peri], there would be an immediate onslaught of hate! And rightfully so, because they’re beautiful together. I think that’s also a testament to how well Timmy is written as well. If the fans really, really don’t like him because he’s meddling with a relationship that’s very important, he should rightfully be called out! I loved playing him. it was such a privilege, it really was.
Will you miss playing Timmy?
Oh my GOD! Big time. I would’ve definitely stayed longer if I could have. I know the writers would have been able to accommodate that, for sure.
Yes, as you say, there were several directions that Timmy could’ve been taken in!
Big time, and that’s what they have done with a lot of people on Hollyoaks. I was very in the dark, I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t watched a lot of Hollyoaks! [laughs]. But when I was on set, the friends that I’ve made there were telling me about their characters, and how far they’d come, and where they’ve been.
What they do is create a template for a character, and essentially they become so believable that you could put them in any situation. And the actor themselves, they find a way to show how their character deals with it.
Would you like to see Fergus get his comeuppance and see Project Bluebird be exposed?
Yes! It’s funny you ask that, I REALLY wanted to explore that more! Which is why I would’ve liked to stay longer, because there were so many scenes where someone, for a legitimate reason, would be compromising Bluebird.
I desperately wanted to delve more into that. And that wasn’t down to the scriptwriters, I just didn’t have enough time! They really packed as much as they could into it.
What was your last day on set like?
It was very emotional! We had a long day, I was with Niamh and Ruby, which was gorgeous as they’re the two I’m closest to, on top of Robert [Beck]. It was really great, very memorable – and very rewarding.
What’s next for you? You’re reprising your role as Evan in Dear Evan Hansen aren’t you?
Yes! I did six months of Evan Hansen before Covid, and then lockdown hit. It was through that that I managed to get this great job [at Hollyoaks]. I knew I had to leave, as I had to go back to Evan. We’re rehearsing now!
Are you excited to get back to performing on stage?
Yes! And I don’t know if this answers your question, but I just loved performing on camera. It was so interesting, and “the camera picks up everything, you know” and blah blah blah [laughs], so it was so lovely to go from performing on a stage to performing on a camera.
When you’re on stage you have to pretend your in a house, whereas with Hollyoaks you could literally be in the kitchen! The environmental aspects really add to your performance, and I’ve never done that before, so it was really lovely having that gift of being in a natural environment on set. And the Hollyoaks sets, may I say, are absolutely INSANE!
Did you find the Covid restrictions on Hollyoaks difficult to work with?
Hm, it annoyed me! (laughs). Hollyoaks were so on top it – it wasn’t their fault, it was the restrictions themselves and Covid itself. Oh man, all the things we could be doing if Covid wasn’t meddling, but Hollyoaks did such an amazing job to accommodate our safety and also to make sure we didn’t jeopardise the content.
Did you like that your final scene was a showdown between Fergus and Timmy?
That was beautiful! The lighting and everything, it was very ethereal. I’d only been there six months, they didn’t need to care, but they really put their heart into their craft, and really invested in Timmy’s character, and almost elevated his death. The aspects of lighting the set and angles are what the crew and the AD can control, and I felt that really helped in my performance as well.
You’ve been part of some incredible scenes over the past few months! Do you have a favourite memory, scene or story from your time on the show?
It was actually my last day, and it was great that the people upstairs could schedule it like that. It was the scene where Timmy finally locks himself in with Peri, and we could just see the cogs turning, and he just allows himself to be this monster! He had so many things in his life pressuring him, and he just finally flips! It was so much fun to play that.
Hollyoaks continues Wednesday October 13 at 7pm on E4. Dear Evan Hansen returns to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre on October 26th.
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