Casualty

Casualty star Harry Collett reveals why Ollie took part in horror school shooting

Ollie died after suffering cardiac arrest (Pictures: BBC)

Ollie Hide’s (Harry Collett) life came to an end in Casualty a couple of weeks ago after he and manipulative friend Rob (Noah Valentine) were responsible for a school shooting.

We hadn’t seen a lot from Ollie prior to this horrific event. The last time we saw him, he had just had an argument with dad David (Jason Durr) and walked out of the hospital, with Rob telling Ollie that he’s the only person who will ever have his back, and it was laying the foundations in this episode that ultimately impacted Ollie’s decision to take part in the shooting.

The episode was intense and at some points, difficult to watch. A gun had gone off, multiple children had fled their classrooms and rushed to the corridors, leading to some students being injured and trampled on – and that was all before the opening titles.

When Rob and Ollie emerged with guns in their hands, it was very clear Rob was in control of the entire ordeal. Timers were set – 30 minutes to kill as many people as possible and then, when the timer runs out – they would end their lives.

While Rob was completely consumed by his beliefs, there were two – very small – moments with Ollie that showed us perhaps he hadn’t been totally brainwashed by Rob.

When he entered the classroom, Ollie lied to Rob and told him the room was empty – even though Faith’s (Kirsty Mitchell) daughter, Natalia (Zoe Brough), was hiding under the tables.

Ollie was manipulated by Rob into taking part in the shooting (Picture: BBC)

Seconds before the timer ran out, Ollie was on the stairs. ‘What am I doing?’, he questioned.

Sadly, we never got to see what could’ve happened if Natalia never arrived, or if Ollie acted on the feelings of doubt.

Shortly after Rob found Ollie, a fight ensued, causing Ollie to fall over the balcony.

In hospital, following his arrest, Ollie was wheeled away ready to be operated on – but he suffered cardiac arrest and died in resus.

While David must attempt to process his son’s death, he’s also left with many, many questions – some he will never get the answer to.

Last week, David was beaten by a group of people impacted by the shooting (Picture: BBC)

On top of trying to work out why Ollie chose to act the way he did, David must face well, everyone.

Last week, he was confronted by a sea of people, all impacted by the school shooting in one way or another.

David was brutally beaten by them and later, told a grieving mother to stab him as he didn’t want to live his life anymore.

As David continues this difficult journey, we wanted to know more about Ollie’s decision to join Rob and take part in the shooting spree, so we had a chat with actor Harry Collett, who revealed:

‘I think Ollie always wanted to talk to his dad about what he had been feeling and his problems, but he never got the chance. Ollie had no one else to go to, he was trapped and brainwashed into doing this sickening act.

Ollie’s parents could not understand why he took part in the horrific ordeal (Picture: BBC)

‘I think Ollie, deep down, always knew something was very wrong with Rob, but he was the only one there for him and the only one he could talk to. Ollie felt like Rob was the only one who understood him.’

Reflecting on whether things could’ve played out differently for Ollie, Harry added:

‘He was mostly consumed with what Rob was feeding him, but I also thing there was a little bit of Ollie trying to do the right thing. He was so weak mentally that Rob dragged him into what happened and there was no turning back. I think if Ollie was mentally stronger, everyone knows he would never do something like that.’

‘I can’t imagine what David is going through right now’, Harry tells us as he considers the aftermath of Ollie’s actions.

It’s unknown how much David will learn about Ollie’s motives (Picture: BBC)

‘It’s one thing losing his one and only son, but another to find out he had done something so terrible. I think this is going to be so tough for him to get through.’

After playing the role on and off for 8 years, it was an emotional time for Harry to say goodbye to Ollie and Jason Durr.

‘Ollie will always have a place in my heart’, Harry explains.

‘I met some amazing people and had to say goodbye to some as well – it was tough! The way Ollie went out took so much time and effort, it was really important to show the audience that something was definitely not right with him.

‘Jason was an absolute joy to work with. He always made sure I was okay and helped me so much with my scenes. From the bottom of my heart, he was just a lovely man and I hope to work with him again in my career. He was always there if I just needed a chat or ask anything about the scene or my character.

‘He is a wonderful person with an amazing family and an all-round lovely guy.’