Carley Stenson has been trying to hold back the tears since leaving Hollyoaks.

The actress, who plays terminally ill cancer patient Steph Dean, has finished filming at the Channel 4 after her 10-year stint in the show.

She said: “My final scenes were really sad and emotional. I’ve said to everyone as soon as I let the flood gates open there’s no stopping me so I’ve tried to hold back the tears as much as I can. It will hit me in a few months’ time.”

But Carley has lots to keep her occupied. She has begun rehearsing for her role as Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical.

She said of her new gig: “It’s been really fun. Everyone’s lovely. It’s intense and I’m learning a lot so quickly.”

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