Hollyoaks star Emmett J Scanlan has revealed that he’ll still be watching Hollyoaks even after he leaves the show later this month.

The actor – who is nominated for a National TV Award for best serial drama performance – is due to film his final scenes as bad boy Brendan Brady – but admitted he would continue to follow the show closely.

“It’s a good time for me to leave, it’s the right time for me to leave, but I know future storylines that are going to go on after this exit and they sound fabulous, they sound so exciting,” Emmett said.

“I’m a fan, I’ll have this on Sky Plus because I’ve got a lot of friends that are about to hit some storylines that are dark, properly dark. The show no doubt is going to keep getting stronger and stronger.”

However the 33-year-old said he would miss the character, whom he described as a “psychopath” – after spending so long playing him.

“Two-and-a-half years I’ve spent immersed in Brendan Brady,” he said. “I spend more time with Brendan Brady than I do with Emmett – it’s six days a week, 14 hours a day so when I get home to be Emmett I’m usually slapping on a box set and falling asleep.

“But of course I’m going to miss him – he’s a touchy, unpredictable fruitcake. It’s hard to let go of characters you’ve invested in so much.”