Of course the question on everyone’s lips is whether John Paul’s first love, Craig Dean, is set to make an appearance as well. The boys won legions of fans with their tortured love story - but has their romance gone the distance?
“No, they’ve split up,” sighs James. “John Paul and Craig have had a tough time in Ireland together. Craig has put JP in a difficult situation, and that’s part of the reason he goes back to the village.”
“I love the fact that the fans still want them to be together,” adds the star. “But the only person who knows the answer to whether we’ll see Craig again is Guy Burnet who played him. He’s in the States filming a TV show at the moment, but I’d love to work with him again one day.”
Hollyoaks boss Bryan Kirkwood has said that he hopes viewers will grow to accept John Paul McQueen’s return as a single man.
Last month, Digital Spy exclusively revealed that James Sutton had agreed to reprise his role as John Paul, who will be back on screen just before Christmas.
John Paul’s relationship with Craig Dean (Guy Burnet) is still fondly remembered by fans, but as he is heading back to the village alone, it appears that things have not worked out for the popular couple.
Kirkwood, Hollyoaks’ executive producer, told Inside Soap: “As writers and producers, we were just as big fans of Craig and John Paul’s love story as the viewers were - but the fact is that James wanted to return and Guy Burnet didn’t.
“I hope the audience gives us time to prove that it’s the right decision. Just because it’s the end of Craig and John Paul for now doesn’t mean there aren’t some great stories we can tell about John Paul as a single man.”
The last kiss before the sun set ♥