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Joe Roscoe dies in Hollyoaks' Halloween Ferris wheel plunge

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Joe Roscoe met an untimely and surprising end in Hollyoaks just as he proposed - and been accepted - by Mercedes McQueen

Joe Roscoe became the second victim of the Hollyoaks Halloween spooktacular disaster when he plunged to his death from a cherry picker.

Joe, played by Ayden Callaghan, and his fiancee, Mercedes McQueen, became trapped at the top of the Ferris Wheel after his scorned ex, Joanne decided to manually stop the ride.

But unbeknown to her, Cameron Campbell set fire to the funfair maze and the flames caused an explosion in the Ferris wheel mechanics.

Joe plunged to his death when he fell from an emergency services cherry picker that was attempting to rescue him, bringing to an end Ayden's three years on Hollyoaks.

He said: “I enjoyed my time at Hollyoaks greatly from the early days of the Roscoe family’s arrival and winning Best Soap at the end of our first year, to filming the Halloween 21st anniversary stunt, which was fantastic.

“I’ll miss working with all of the Roscoes including Gillian Taylforth, who played our mum. My favourite moments, without doubt, are the days laughing with the Roscoes on set, the demolition stunt when Grace trapped Joe in the council flats, the Fraser Black storylines and the New Year episodes when Freddie and Lindsey’s affair was revealed.

“Thank you to Bryan [Kirkwood, series producer], the writing team and all those at Hollyoaks for three and a half years I won’t forget, and of course to the fans for their tears, laughter and ongoing support.”


Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.