It’s been six years since Hollyoaks beauty Amy Barnes was shockingly killed off in a major whodunnit storyline.
The soap star, played by Ashley Slanina-Davies, first appeared on telly screens back in 2005 – and became a firm favourite with viewers.
She was involved in several big storylines, including the discovery she was pregnant when she was a teenager, a dramatic car crash and being involved in an abusive relationship.
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But in 2017, Amy said goodbye to the famous Cheshire village for good after she was murdered on the soap.
Amy left behind son Lucas Hay, who has since found himself involved in a secret phone snatcher storyline on the show.
And things get even more heated when Lucas, who is with his pals completing the Earl of Dee awards, goes on a rampage after he’s revealed to be the phone snatcher.
So as the drama unfolds for Amy Barnes’ son during Wednesday’s episode (August 30) of the soap, Daily Star is taking a look at where the actress is now.
Evil twin return twist
In 2018, fans were left gutted when the Channel 4 soap killed off Amy – who at the time had just tied the knot with on-screen love interest Ryan Knight (Duncan James).
But their happiness was short-lived as the character was tragically murdered.
Despite her shock exit from the soap, Ashley revealed that she hadn’t given up all hope on returning to the programme.
Speaking to Star magazine, she admitted: "I probably just won't let it go. Maybe I'll get in as an extra and see if anyone notices?
“Or come back as Amy's evil twin!"
Talking of her show exit, she went on: "Difficult, strange, weird, fun and exciting. Basically every emotion, all at the same time."
On-screen death blunder
After the truth behind Amy’s shocking death was revealed, fans claimed they spotted a major blunder.
Police at first said the cause of death was was a blow to her head, with Harry Thompson thinking he accidentally killed her when they had a row prior to her death.
However, Amy was actually murdered, knowingly, by her new husband Ryan.
The cop strangled his wife Amy to stop her from exposing his gay affair, and fans were left confused as to how police missed an obvious cause of death like strangulation.
“Ryan being the killer doesn't make sense given what went on before,” said one fan.
Someone else penned: "So umm if Ryan strangled Amy why was no strangle marks mentioned?"
A third quipped: “Are there no good medical examiners in Hollyoaks? Ryan suffocated her! How can they not have known that?"
Complete career change
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Despite being a fave on telly screens, it seems studying was Ashley’s main focus.
In 2012, Amy was written out the show to allow the actress to crack on with her education.
During her first break, she began a neuroscience degree and planned on working in brain research.
Ashley headed back to the soap in 2016, before leaving for good a year later when the character was killed off.
She told Metro: “I didn’t act when I wasn’t here at Hollyoaks – I went to uni and studied neuroscience. A lot of people say that it’s very different from acting, but you can see them as the same thing because neuroscience is the scientific study of the brain and the nervous system – and, by extension, people.
“Acting is also the study of people, but it’s just on a more emotional level. So I guess maybe there was a bit of me that thought, 'Okay, well I’ve done that and I’ve done it on more of an empathetic level. Now let’s just see if I can really understand what goes on'."
In 2020, Ashley was described as a “Neuroscience student and Students’ Union Education Officer” during an interview with UCL – where she presumably studied.
During her chat, the soap star also revealed she has become a Sabbatical Officer during her time at the university.
Hollyoaks airs weeknights on Channel 4 a 6.30pm followed by first-look episodes on E4 at 7pm
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