Hollyoaks star explains Maxine's new plan against Trish

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Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson has shared an insight into her character Maxine Minniver’s latest plot against her mum, Trish Minniver, as Trish prepares to preside over her dance school’s entry in the Blackpool-A-Palooza competition.

Trish (Denise Welch) has been bullying her young dance student Leah Barnes (Elá-May Demircan) for weeks and, as Leah prepares for her big routine at the competition, Trish cruelly brands her a “waste of space”.

Angry Maxine is appalled by Trish’s behaviour and she decides to coach Leah herself, teaching her a new routine in an attempt to help her realise that she is talented enough to win without Trish’s strict instruction.

© Lime Pictures Leah Barnes, Trish Minniver and Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks

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Speaking to Inside Soap, Nikki revealed that her kind-hearted character is keen to prevent Leah from facing the struggles that she did thanks to her mum’s bullying, even teaching her her signature move – the Minniver spin.

“She wants to prove to Trish that you don’t have to be mean to get the best out of someone,” Nikki explained. “Maxine has a good heart, and she wants to make Leah feel like she can do anything and be the best dancer she can be. So Maxine helps Leah finesse her other dance moves – complete with a Minniver spin of course…”

© Lime Pictures Hollyoaks actress Nikki Sanderson explains Maxine Minniver’s new plan against her mum Trish as she bullies young Leah Barnes at big dance competition.

As Trish opens up about why the big competition means so much to her, Leah is torn over the decision of whether she should perform Maxine’s new routine or stick to the strict moves that Trish has set out.

But Nikki said that Maxine is convinced that Leah will choose to perform her new routine, although she wouldn’t reveal what happens while Leah is under the spotlight.

© Lime Pictures Leah Barnes and Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks

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“Maxine is confident not only in that (that Leah will choose her dance), but in Leah’s ability to dance and to win the competition – that’s where she and Trish differ,” the actress said. “I won’t tell you what happens, but Maxine’s belief in Leah is justified.”

Whatever Leah decides to do, it’s likely that Trish won’t be too pleased when she finds out that Maxine has gone behind her back – and Nikki confirmed that things won’t be rosy between them anytime soon.

“They’ve always had a fractured relationship,” she said. “Trish isn’t happy about Maxine going behind her back – but Maxine won’t let Trish put down the kids at the dance school any more! There’s a lot of bad blood there, and Trish isn’t in a forgiving mood…”

© Lime Pictures Maxine Minniver and Trish Minniver in Hollyoaks

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The actress, who previously starred as Candice Stowe in Coronation Street, also spoke about Maxine’s temperamental romance with Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas), revealing that she thinks the couple are a good pairing.

“I think they’re a great match, and their relationship could last if everyone stopped messing with the pair of them,” she said. “Maxine’s very upset to hear Warren might be going away, because of their up-and-down romance. She genuinely loves Warren, but what can she do?”

With Trish and Warren both up to no good, it doesn’t sound like Maxine’s life is going to calm down anytime soon…

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