HOLLYOAKS’ Lysette Anthony has claimed her character was wrongly killed off and urged other stars to “stand up for what they believe in”.
The London-born actress took to Instagram after her final episode playing Marnie Nightingale aired and launched a scathing attack on the Channel 4 soap.
She hinted at an on-set divide between actors and producers in a series of videos.
Speaking from her home, the 58-year-old ranted: “There’s been so much that’s been amazing and being allowed to just inhabit, well build this creative, this crazy woman, not crazy but.
“Bryan Kirkwood, there’s been some stuff, hmmm, not so great.
“But everyone says the same thing about you. You love the show, and you can’t help yourself, you love talent.
“And you’ve given me teflon confidence, and also the speed we have to work and all the extra stuff that started coming and marching our way. To dismantle, in the name of equality. It’s just all such b******s …
“You’ve got some amazing actors, phenomenal directors coming through, and there’s just this, there’s other people. Well, you know.”
Lysette paused before adding: “My wish for you guys is that you demand to be the best, because the only people that are stopping you, you know exactly what it is.
“And you the fans, you demand. Because it’s an amazing show. And it’s got an important remit. But stop trying to cancel everything, and all this segregation, just no.
“And I tell you something else about getting older, you want people like me, women like me, who have decided to carve out a world.
“Don’t be afraid to be the best, to work as a team, don’t be afraid when you spot someone who is trying to just unpick anything.”
She ended her video insisting Marnie should still be alive, saying: “It should never have happened, it did, and I’m gone.
“I can’t not be proud. I think it’s important to stand up for the things you believe in, it’s not easy.
“Come on seek love, seek life and excellence.”
The Sun has contacted Hollyoaks for comment.
Lysette was previously embroiled in a diversity row on Hollyoaks and was blasted by former co-star Rachel Adedeji.
Rachel, whoquit the Channel 4 soap in June 2020, branded Lysette “trash” after she seemingly called those supporting Rachel calling out the Channel 4 soap “traitors”.