HOLLYOAKS has hinted at a surprise new storyline for Juliet Quinn (Niamh Blackshaw) as she explores her sexuality across the coming year.
In a New Year special which flashes forward to New Year’s Eve 2020, Juliet confesses her love for Peri Lomax (Ruby O’Donnell). The feeling appears to be reciprocated, and Juliet and Peri share a passionate kiss.
Rewind to one year earlier and the New Year flash forward episode begins in the present day, where Juliet is feeling pressured by Sid Summer (Billy Price) to have sex. Juliet becomes uncomfortable and Billy storms off, leaving Juliet to confide in Brooke Hathaway (Talia Grant).
Juliet explains to Brooke that growing up, she saw drunk men coming to the house to have sex with her mum, so she’s always thought of sex as sleazy. Brooke tells her sex can be special if it’s with the right person, but then Juliet shocks her by kissing her.
Brooke tells Juliet she’ll support her regardless of her sexuality but a humiliated Juliet denies any question of her sexuality and wants Brooke to keep what happened to herself.
Later in the episode, it’s revealed Juliet goes ahead with having sex with Sid – despite Peri’s warnings. It’s obvious Juliet has her regrets about losing her virginity and it isn’t what she wanted.
Viewers can expect to discover how Juliet eventually leaves Sid and falls for Peri over the coming months.
The surprise storyline has garnered a mix response from fans.
One fan wrote: “I can’t wait for this storyline”.
Another said: “The #HollyoaksFlashForward episode is brilliant and has left me so many questions… here’s to 2020.”
A third added: “The spoiler about Juliet and Peri better be a joke/mistake. I love Juliet and Sid together. Has Juliet ever even spoken to Peri?”
Peri is no stranger to drama when it comes to her love life.
Earlier this year, the teen and her then-boyfriend Tom Cunningham (Ellis Hollins) took centre stage in a storyline which saw them agree to a three-way relationship with her friend Harley Frater (Mollie Lambert).
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The polyamorous relationship ended in March, when Mollie’s character left the Channel 4 soap.
Ruby, who plays Peri, later spoke about her future hopes for her character.
She told Digital Spy: “Peri has been so unlucky with love. She obviously had Tom, who she had Steph with, then a little fling with Prince, then Harley who she fell in love with but there was so much confusion around it.
"She's never really had a stable relationship, where everything has just gone fine and normal. I'd like her to meet someone new, or someone that's already in the cast. Just fall in love and have a bit of happiness in her life."
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