Owen Warner pays tribute to on-screen sister after heartbreaking final scenes leave fans ‘bawling’

Hollyoaks star Owen Warner has paid tribute to his on-screen sister Niamh Blackshaw – whose cancer-stricken character died in devastating final scenes this week.

Viewers of the Channel 4 soap were left distraught after the death of Juliet Nightingale, played by Niamh, on Wednesday night’s episode. Juliet was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin Lymphoma – an uncommon form of cancer – earlier this year.

Owen Warner, who plays Juliet’s big brother Romeo Nightingale, has now taken to Instagram to heap praise on Niamh. He also shared a number of pictures of the pair on-set together.

The 24 year old actor said: “It’s been emotional lil Niamh, best little sister I could’ve asked for. I’m sure everyone will agree with me when I say you’re going to go on and do an absolute madness, can’t wait to see what you do next.”

Niamh, 24, replied under the post by saying: “My big brother always. I feel so incredibly grateful and lucky to have you in my life.”

Hollyoaks fans raved about the pair in response to the post. One wrote: “The best onscreen brother and sister, you both have the cutest bond.”

A second added: “I cant stop crying over tonight's one well done to you all amazing people.” A third posted: “Incredible performances from you all this week.”

Wednesday night's episode saw Juliet’s final moments as she shared with girlfriend Peri what would have been her vows on their wedding day. She began: "You were my friend first, my beautiful amazing friend, and then suddenly you were so much more.

"You are and always will be the love of my life. I want to have it all with you. I want to laugh with you, cry with you and dance under the stars with you for the rest of our lives."

After Juliet’s final scenes in Hollyoaks on Wednesday, the Channel 4 soap’s official Instagram account posted a tribute to the character. It read: "We've said a heartbreaking goodbye to our Juliet Nightingale.

"We want to say a huge thank you to @niamhblackshaw who has brought Juliet to our screens! You've been incredible to watch and we will miss you so much! And good luck for the future!"

Viewers at home also took to social media after the episode to share their heartbreak. "Wow amazing acting by @niamhblackshaw tonight in Hollyoaks! Sobbing! My mum passed away with cancer so this brought it all back! Well done @Hollyoaks.”

The heartbreaking Hollyoaks scenes came just over a week after fans of EastEnders were left devastated following the death of cancer-stricken Lola Pearce. Lola, played by Danielle Harold, was diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer last year.

Lola’s death also prompted an outpouring of grief from devastated fans. She died with her daughter Lexi asleep on her chest as husband Jay came in from the bathroom to find that she had gone.


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