Mandy's Hollyoaks fate confirmed after Sarah Jayne Dunn was 'sacked'

Hollyoaks’ Mandy Richardson will not be killed off in the wake of Sarah Jayne Dunn’s departure, it has been claimed.

Sarah, who portrayed Mandy on and off since 1996, parted ways with the Channel 4 soap following a dispute with bosses over her joining OnlyFans. 

The actress, 40, told her followers that her aim in launching an account on the subscription site was to take back control of her image, and ‘choose empowerment’.

But a resolution was unable to be reached, and thus Sarah exited the soap. Hollyoaks told Metro.co.uk in a statement that they take their responsibility to their young audience ‘very seriously’, and therefore they do not allow cast members to be active on ‘certain 18+ websites.’

Fans were disappointed in such a claim, calling the serial drama ‘hypocritical’, given that cast members used to pose for ‘babes’ and ‘hunks’ calendars.

Sarah, meanwhile, said that she was ‘disappointed’ in Hollyoaks’ decision, but told The Sun that she’s was determined to ‘take a stand’ on the issue.

In the wake of the soap star’s exit, fans have been wondering what fate lay ahead for her character Mandy, who is currently involved in a number of the serial drama’s storylines.

But bosses are now said to have no plans to kill Mandy off.

A source told The Sun’s TV Biz column: ‘In soap it’s very common for actors to drift in and out of the show.

‘Beverley Callard has left Corrie a number of times then returned, Patsy Palmer and Lacey Turner yo-yoed with EastEnders and it’s even a thing for lesser-known stars like Danny Miller with Emmerdale.

‘Sarah Jayne even did it herself, leaving in 2011 then coming back in
2017.

‘But the key is whether the character just ‘moves abroad’ or gets jailed
– something reversible. If the character’s killed off, you know it’s the
end.

‘So if I was Sarah Jayne, I’d feel pretty relieved there were no plans
to bump off Mandy.’

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Hollyoaks for comment.

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