Hollyoaks star James Sutton has teased the upcoming McQueen family storyline, insisting that there is "something huge on the horizon."

The 31-year-old actor, who plays John Paul on the popular soap, revealed that he will be involved in a mystery plot surrounding the departure of Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe).

Speaking to Digital Spy, Sutton said, "There is something huge on the horizon. I know our team are busy preparing and planning for it. I'm pretty confident it's going to be the biggest thing we've ever done here.

"There's quite a few of us involved and it's a massive, big couple of episodes. I'm chuffed to bits and I can't wait to get going on it."

When asked what it will be like to wave goodbye to Jennifer Metcalfe and Gemma Merna, who plays Carmel on the show, he added: "It'll be a big loss to see Jen and Gemma go - they're both proven actresses and they've created very iconic characters in the show, but they're both ambitious and I know they're keen to do other stuff. I've enjoyed every minute of working with them because they're both top girls.

"I do like having new people start on the show, because it's fresh blood in the cast and it's nice to see what they bring to it. It just adds more colour, depth and flavour to what we're doing.

"We've lost people before so there's always comings and goings, but the family values and the way the McQueens interact doesn't change. You never say never and perhaps the girls could come back, but the McQueen family is a good one to be part of, regardless of who's in it."