Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe says it was an easy decision to sign another year’s contract on the soap.

She has recently been handed the contract to continue as Mercedes McQueen and told Inside Soap that accepting was a no-brainer.

Jennifer said: “I’ve signed a contract to take me up to September next year. After seven years, it’s easy to just see this as a job, but all the new people who’ve come in have injected a new enthusiasm – there’s a real freshness. It’s great when your work doesn’t feel like work.”

She also said that she had misgivings about Mercedes getting married again when she heard about her character’s upcoming wedding to Dr Paul Browning (Joseph Thompson) in Hollyoaks.

Jennifer said: “When I first heard Mercedes was getting married again, I thought, ‘Really? Again?’ But this wedding is like none of the others she’s had – it stands on its own. The writers have gone for it, and it’s very apt for Mercedes and Browning’s relationship – just mental.”