Hollyoaks’ Gary Lucy reflects on favourite Luke moments after exit

“I feel like they’ve just been feeding me treats over the years.”

Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy has reminisced about his favourite moments on the soap, following his character Luke Morgan’s death during the recent one-hour special.

Lucy has had a long run on the soap since his first appearance on the soap back in 1999 but his character Luke Morgan met a tragic end during his pre-wedding celebrations in Mallorca.

Cindy and Luke had united with their family and friends abroad in preparation for their nuptials as they enjoyed their stag and hen celebrations.

However, following a touching few scenes with friends and family, the episode took a sudden tragic turn when Luke dropped Cindy’s wedding ring and then went on to lose his footing and fall off a cliff’s edge.

In a behind-the-scenes video shared after the episode aired on Monday (June 6), the Hollyoaks star bid his goodbyes to the soap by recalling some of his best memories from his 23 years on the soap.

Amongst them was his “ground-breaking” male rape storyline, which went on to win both the soap and the then relative newcomer their first-ever award back in 1999.

“First time it had ever been done on British TV,” Lucy recalled. “It was a gift of a storyline. Everyone worked really hard on it and we absolutely smashed it.”

The actor couldn’t help but jokingly add: “Some people say I put Hollyoaks on the map – not me obviously.”

The award ceremony itself was also high up on the list, during which Matthew Kelly had presented the award to Lucy, who had been wearing a “really bad, dodgy white suit”.

“It was a Prada suit,” he recalled. “I thought I was the bees’ knees, if you know what I mean. Looking back, it was pretty horrendous!”

And, of course, Lucy couldn’t leave out his scene partner of the last few years Stephanie Waring, who plays his wife-to-be Cindy Cunningham.

“I can’t not mention her, she’d kill me,” he added, before giving a shout out to his TV sister Kelly Condron too.

“Absolutely pain in the backside,” he couldn’t help but joke. “No, seriously, just wonderful. Still as beautiful inside and out as she was back when we were first in the show.

“It’s been again another little treat. I feel like they’ve just been feeding me treats over the years.”

The soap actor also went on to comment on the ease he felt working with Condron on “heavy, emotional” scenes.

“Makes it very easy to do the heavy, emotional stuff when you’ve had such a journey,” he said.

“We started and we were just little scrotes running around Liverpool getting up to no good. Now we’re old scrotes running around Liverpool getting up to no good.”

But, in the end, everything came down to the people he worked with – those who helped him at the start of his career and those he came to call “mates”.

“I mean, I would say a memorable moment is just working with my mates – because that’s what we are,” he said.

“I started at 17, little baby, first on the scene and I had Jimmy McKenna and Nick Pickard and… I’m going to miss names out here and forgive me but all of them were for me amazing.

“They helped me through, taught me the ropes and we got up to plenty of shenanigans as you can imagine. Can’t tell you about those,” he joked. “Maybe in a book one day.”

Fortunately, while Lucy’s character’s ending might have been a tragic one, the actor’s final memories of working on the soap seem to be among some of his favourites too, with all the crew and cast filming on sunny Mallorca.

“This one right now has to be [a favourite one] too,” he admitted. “Filming in Mallorca, beautiful sunshine, falling off a cliff – what more can you want?

“It’s been fantastic… It’s a fantastic end to what has been an amazing time.”

Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.