Sienna Blake

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Sienna Blake
Sienna Blake.JPG
Hollyoaks character
Portrayed byAnna Passey
Duration2012—
First appearance21 November 2012
Introduced byBryan Kirkwood
ClassificationPresent; regular
Profile
OccupationBarmaid (2013)
Nanny (2013)
Receptionist (2014)
Home5 Oakdale Drive, Flat 1
 
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Sienna Blake
Sienna Blake.JPG
Hollyoaks character
Portrayed byAnna Passey
Duration2012—
First appearance21 November 2012
Introduced byBryan Kirkwood
ClassificationPresent; regular
Profile
OccupationBarmaid (2013)
Nanny (2013)
Receptionist (2014)
Home5 Oakdale Drive, Flat 1

Sienna Blake is a fictional character from the British soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Anna Passey. The character made her first on-screen appearance on 21 November 2012. Emily Lawrance was originally selected for the role but Passey replaced her. The recast occurred within weeks and only Passey has appeared on-screen as Sienna.

Casting[edit]

The character of Sienna was announced on 7 October 2012, with Emily Lawrance cast in the role.[1] However, the role was recast with Passey before the character made her on-screen debut.[2] Sienna is the twin sister of Dodger Savage (Danny Mac), the twin sibling Dodger never knew he had.[2] Passey made her first on-screen appearance as Sienna in the episode broadcast on 21 November 2012.[3]

Development[edit]

In an interview with Digital Spy Passey described Sienna as a "bit of a villain" with a more "complicated" narrative.[5] When she joined the show, Passey was disclosed the background of Sienna's character by the producers, "I knew all about her upbringing and the problems she'd had with her family."[5] On the characters background Passey said, "She's had quite an unusual upbringing, because she's never really had any friends. Normally, most people learn how to socialise and form relationships with people as they grow up, but Sienna has missed out on all of that. She's only ever really had her father."[5]

Passey opined that Sienna is not a "evil".[6] Speaking to Inside Soap, Passey said: "With her upbringing, she isn't an out-and-out evil person. She really believes she's got her reasons to do what she does."[6]

Storylines[edit]

Dodger tracks his father Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield) down but is adamant that his son died. After Dodger proves his real identity, Patrick reveals Sienna is his twin sister. Sienna begins spending time with Dodger and takes a dislike to half brother Will Savage (James Atherton). Sienna secures a job at the local pub and befriends Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson) and Nancy (Jessica Fox). But Sienna soon starts to interfere in their relationship. When she realises that Nancy is developing an addiction to painkillers, Sienna manipulates the situation to get closer to Darren. When Nancy tries to overcome her addiction Sienna begins spiking her drinks and food with painkillers. Sienna finds Nancy sleeping and starts a fire with an iron to make Nancy appear unable to look after Oscar. She then pushes Oscars empty pram into traffic causing Nancy to get hit by a car. The series events causes the breakdown of Nancy and Darren's marriage.

Sienna sleeps with Darren but ensures that Nancy catches them. No one believes Nancy's accusations that Sienna is trying to steal her life and family. Sienna then tells Nancy to run away with Oscar and Charlie Dean (Charlie Behan). But when Nancy leaves Sienna harms herself and fills her flat with gas to make it appear that Nancy has tried to kill her. The police believe that Nancy has abducted her own children and a police chase results in Nancy's car hanging off the edge of a multi-story car park. Sienna is delighted when her plan sees Nancy sectioned. When Sienna realises that Darren still loves Nancy she pretends to be pregnant. She fakes scans and appointments while trying to get pregnant. But she becomes more unstable as the lie escalates. Problems in the Osborne household arise from Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks) and Tom Cunningham (Ellis Hollins) who still support Nancy. She attempts to manipulate the situation but Tom begins to suspect that Sienna is lying about her pregnancy and catches her breast feeding Oscar. Tom decides to plant a hidden camera and discovers that Sienna has been wearing a prosthetic baby bump.

When an explosion occurs in the local council flats, Sienna kidnaps Tom. She tells him that he caused the explosion and Darren has died. She locks him in the cellar of her childhood home and holds him captive bringing him food daily. Tom is declared missing and a police investigation is launched. Sienna convinces Chloe (Susan Loughnane) to sell her unborn baby to her. Tom manages to escape and Nancy is released from the secure unit. Nancy confronts Sienna and rips her dress revealing that she is not pregnant. An upset Sienna then tries to convince her brother, Dodger, to run away. But she attempts to kiss him. Sienna then abducts Tom, Charlie and Oscar and locks them in the Roscoe's garage. She tries to kill them with exhaust fumes. But they are saved and Sienna is sectioned. It is then revealed that Sienna had a child when she was a teenager. Patrick told her the baby died but he had actually put it up for adoption. Dodger vows to help Sienna find her daughter.

Gangster Fraser Black (Jesse Birdsall) sways a corrupt judge to let Sienna walk free. But other residents are unforgiving and start a hate campaign against her. When she learns that Peri Lomax (Ruby O'Donnell) was born on the same day as her daughter and is adopted, she assumes Peri is her daughter. Sienna manipulates Leela Lomax (Kirsty-Leigh Porter) into letting her move in. Sienna then exposes Danny Lomax's (Stephen Billington) affair with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) to ruin his marriage to Sam Lomax (Lizzie Roper). The friction causes Peri to rely on Sienna more. Sienna ensures Sam discovers that Danny has slept with George Smith (Steven Roberts). She then tries to abduct Peri but the police believe it is a misunderstanding. When Leela confronts Sienna, she claims that Peri is her daughter, but Leela then reveals that Peri is her own daughter and not her sister. Leela forgives Sienna and tries to help her find Sophie. Patrick, however, pays the adoptive parent to tell Sienna that Sophie, now named Caroline, has ran away. Sienna tries to convince Tom not to testify against her in court. She threatens Darren that if he does not she will continue to cause problems for the Osbornes. She causes him to have an angina attack and saves his life. But when Darren refuses to help she begins to scheme against Nancy when she discovers she slept with Rick Spencer (Victor Gardener).

Sienna's real daughter Nico Blake (Persephone Swales-Dawson) turns up in the village and attempts to steal from Dodger, who in turn begins to help her upon learning she is homeless. Over the coming weeks, Nico realizes that Sienna is her real mother but before she can tell her Nico is kidnapped by Patrick and held hostage. Sienna discovers the truth and saves Nico, and the pair build a strong bond. Dodger begins helping Sienna and Nico out and one night after Dodger helps her with the house following a fight with Patrick which resulted in a head injury, Sienna kisses Dodger whilst he sleeps. She begins to grow deranged again and grows a strong attraction to Dodger, and once she realizes Dodger is going to leave the village with Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson) she forces Nico to lie that she has a brain tumor. When Dodger and Maxine believe Nico's lies, they spend the fund they have saved for Maxine's baby on a party for Nico. However, Sienna, realizing her lies are close to unraveling, tells Dodger and Maxine that Nico made up the lie and they confront Nico. Sienna, desperate to keep Dodger and Maxine in the village after they plan to leave, gets into a scuffle with Dodger and accidentally stabs him in the leg. She lets him bleed out and sends Patrick and Maxine away from the boat but he eventually gets to the hospital. Patrick then confronts Sienna and he reveals the truth, that Dodger is actually Nico's father.

Reception[edit]

At the 2014 National Television Awards, Passey garnered a nomination for "Most Popular Newcomer".[7] She was nominated in the "Best Bitch" category during the 2013 Inside Soap Awards. In addition "Sienna plots to steal Nancy's life" received a nomination for "Best Storyline".[8] The latter was also nominated for an identical accolade at the The British Soap Awards 2014. But it was the "Villain of the Year" award that Passey secured at the ceremony.[9]

Tina Campbell of the Metro praised Passey's portrayal and described Sienna as having various layers to her personality. She noted that a backstory consisting of a woman beating father, unhinged mother and long-lost brother left her normality doomed. She added that "despite her (many) flaws, you can’t help but love Sienna" and deemed her Hollyoaks' best character.[10] Katie Archer of BT described Sienna as appearing "sweet and innocent", but "on the inside, things are far uglier."[11] MSN.com labeled the character a "barmaid [turned] psychopath".[12] Viewers' perception of Sienna changed during her tenure. A startled Passey told an Inside Soap reporter that Sienna gained sympathy following revelations about her long-lost daughter.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "Exclusive: 'Hollyoaks' Dodger Savage to discover twin sister". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (26 October 2012). "'Hollyoaks': Cindy's daughter Holly returning to soap". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (13 November 2012). "3478: Dodger decides to meet his real dad". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Profile: Sienna Blake (Anna Passey)". Channel 4 (Channel 4 Television Corporation). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Kilkelly, Daniel (30 May 2013). "'Hollyoaks': Anna Passey teases shock fire, Sienna Blake future". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Taylor, Frances (4 July 2013). "'Hollyoaks' Anna Passey on Sienna: 'I don't think she could kill'". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "National Television Awards 2014: full list of winners". The Daily Telegraph. (Telegraph Media Group). 22 January 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Coronation Street leads Inside Soap Awards nominations". Virgin Media. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Dainty, Sophie (25 May 2014). "Hollyoaks wins top prize at British Soap Awards". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Campbell, Tina (3 March 2014). "From her scheming ways to her dreamy brother Dodger: Why Sienna is the best character in Hollyoaks right now". Metro. (DMG Media). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Archer, Katie (18 August 2013). "Hollyoaks' Sienna Blake - exclusive soap chat". bt.com. (BT Group). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Anna Passey: Sienna couldn't kill". MSN. (Microsoft). 5 July 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Passey: Fans rooting for Sienna now". Yahoo!. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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