Who SHOOTS Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks? We reveal the main suspects!

Who Shot Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks

Mercedes McQueen is in the firing line next week when all her betrayals come to light. But which of the Hollyoaks residents is about to point a gun and take aim? Here we reveal the list of suspects who want the double-crossing landlady dead!...

In May 2019, Hollyoaks favourite Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) and her lover, Liam Donovan (Jude Monk McGowan) stole Harry Thompson’s car to go joy-riding, but their night of wild fun turned into tragedy when they smashed into Grace Black (Tamara Wall) and left her for dead by the side of the road.

A paralysed Grace ended up in a wheelchair, while Liam and Mercedes who continued to have a passionate affair behind Sylver’s (Mercedes’ husband) back, spent the next couple of months framing Tony's son Harry Thompson, before he was brutally murdered by secret serial killer Breda McQueen (Moya Brady).

Mercedes McQueen and Liam Donovan

Next week the SHOCKING TRUTH is finally out (see our TV Guide for full listings) as Mercedes’ lies and deceit are exposed and events culminate when the McQueen mum is shot at close range! But who pulled the trigger and took aim?

Mercedes (pictured above) has certainly made a long list of enemies, all of whom are capable of revenge.

Here we reveal the list of suspects and ask the actors who play them to share their characters' motives for committing murder. So the big question is: WHO SHOT MERCEDES in Hollyoaks?


Sylver McQueen

David Tag who plays Sylver says: "Sylver’s motivation could be a number of things: firstly, Mercedes has been having an affair with Liam behind Sylver’s back; she aborted a baby that could have potentially been his, plus there was the car crash where Mercedes ran over Grace and left her for dead. So there’s a few things that could make Sylver quite mad and we know he’s got a bad temper!"


Did Grace Black shoot Mercedes

Tamara Wall who plays Grace says, "Grace has just found out that it was Mercedes who ran her over and put her in a wheelchair so she wants to get her revenge. Mercedes was with Grace’s brother, Liam when the accident happened but they framed Harry because it was his car that they were driving."


Did Liam Donovan shoot Mercedes McQueen

Jude Monk McGowan who plays Liam says, "They’ve had a very off and on intense relationship for the last six or seven months and Mercedes has very definitely decided that it’s over, she’s done this to him before. He’s seemingly at her beck and call and Liam is not usually the kind of guy to let that happen. She’s aborted a baby that could have been Sylver’s, it could have been Liam’s, so there are lots of reasons why, in Liam’s mind, shooting her would remove a problem."


James Nightingale

Gregory Finnegan who plays James says, "James’ motive for shooting Mercedes is that he blames her for pretty much everything bad that has happened to him and to his ex-boyfriend, Harry, over the past few months. He has discovered about the hit and run that Mercedes framed Harry for and he now believes she has silenced Harry and killed him to make sure that the true story doesn’t come out, so James is hell bent on revenge, or is he?"


Diane Hutchinson

Alex Fletcher who plays Diane says, "Diane’s motive for shooting Mercedes is because Mercedes let her step-son, Harry take the blame for running over Grace, when in fact that wasn’t the case at all. Nobody wanted to come to Harry’s funeral because of that, because they thought he was such a bad person. Diane's husband Tony went missing because he was trying to find Harry and now he’s disappeared too, so Diane blames Mercedes for pretty much everything, for the mess that her life’s in at the moment."


Did Joel Dexter shoot Mercedes

Rory Douglas Speed who plays Joel says: "Joel has a couple of motives: in the weeks previous he finds Mercedes’ confession that she ran over Grace and he thinks that Mercedes has also killed Harry. He gets beaten up by Liam and later Mercedes threatens to kill Joel and hurt her own cousin, Goldie who Joel’s besotted by. The second is that she embarrasses him in front of the whole village and calls him out on his past mistakes when he’s trying to not be that kind of guy anymore. He’s a Fox at the end of the day, he’s Warren Fox’s son and thinks that this girl deserves what she gets. Bad Joel is making an appearance and we love bad Joel!"


Breda McQueen

Or could it be serial killer Breda who pulls the gun on her lying cheat of a daughter-in-law? Let's face it, when it comes to murder, Breda is an expert!

Hollyoaks is shown weekdays on C4 at 6.30pm with the next episode following on E4


Tess Lamacraft
Senior Writer for What's On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite week, Whattowatch.com

Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and WhattoWatch.com She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.