Emmett J Scanlan radio interview | 29 Nov 2013
thanks to dodi sonata for the clip!
It’s been approximately forever since I answered questions so here are a few recent ones. Sorry for being lazy and taking forever. The best way to get a quick response is through Twitter. As always, check the Frequently Asked Questions.
Three words you’re happy to hear on a Friday: Stendan, Broxy, Britzeee. This whole period was Hollyoaks gold as far as I’m concerned. Brendan and Mitzeee reveal to the world that they’re now a couple, much to Ste and Cheryl’s horror. Brilliance ensues. Add in Brendan terrorising hapless Lee Hunter and you’ve got a true classic Brendan episode. Contains a tash joke, one about murder and one about ‘positions’. What more could you want?
A great episode from 2010 that I’d completely forgotten about! Brendan faces a feisty Jacqui as she looks out for Carmel and on meeting Amy for the first time thinks she might be the perfect drug mule. And just for good measure he charms and flirts with her, just to aggravate Ste.
A firm favourite for many fans, this episode sees Brendan try and keep his two lives separate. Having just committed to Ste with those three little words, he comes face to face with his ex-wife Eileen and guess what? She’s bringing his son to stay. Brendan’s torn in two by his secrets making desperate promises to keep Ste, but faced with the threat of losing his family. Brendan’s anguish and torment is always a joy to watch; Emmett Scanlan rips your heart in two by the end.
— Ashley Taylor Dawson in the Inside Soap Yearbook (via empathist)
Three years ago bonfire night ended disastrously with Amy laid up in hospital. But who else happened to be in the same hospital? Macca, Brendan’s ex! This week Flashback Friday gives us one of my favourite Bramy moments, with him terrorising her in the hospital bed (“I should have brought you flowers”). Macca also gives Brendan a bizarre/desperate ultimatum - dump Ste or he’ll go to the police! Classic 2010 Brendan.
From The Daily Mirror
First up is Mr Brendan Brady of Hollyoaks. Emmett J Scanlan played an absolute blinder as the troubled bar owner and when Brendan bowed out in March this year, I found myself in tears. Yes, Double-B had racked up an astonishing four murders during his time in Chester, but as he said himself ‘no one died that didn’t deserve to die’.When Brendan first rocked up, he was easy to dislike: being a homophobic gay man with tendencies towards murder and domestic violence are never going to make you popular. But by the time he danced his last dance, we’d followed Brendan on a journey, where we learned the reasons behind his messed-upness. A sexually abusive father and a grandmother who knew but had never stopped it are going to do that.
The writers wanted us to fall in love with Brendan, they wanted us to see that he wasn’t born bad and he wasn’t all bad. His final sacrifice proved that. Taking the blame for his sister Cheryl (who shot their abusive dad) and letting her live her life, touched me to tears. And although I felt a bit short-changed that Brendan didn’t get shot down in a blaze of glory, I’m actually pleased now that he didn’t get killed off. I’m hoping for a Warren and Brendan behind bars spin-off. Like a UK Prison Break.
Brendan and Cheryl attend family counselling (Brendan would rather go to the pub). Cheryl leads the talking whilst Brendan takes the piss, until the traumatic topic of their father rears its head. Their experiences of childhood couldn’t be more different. It’s a gut wrenching and disturbing insight into the effect Seamus has had on Brendan. Brilliant performances.