Science teacher Courtney Campbell has been at the heart of the show for nearly five years after arriving to the Hollyoaks village in 2015 in search of her missing cousin, Lockie Campbell. Courtney went on to settle into the village with her family, Leela Lomax (Kirsty Leigh Porter) and Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson).

Since moving to the Hollyoaks village, Courtney has given birth to her daughter, Iona, she has smuggled drugs overseas, been the victim of blackmail, became a murder suspect, and tragically become a widow on her wedding night after her new husband, Jesse, passed away.

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Courtney bid farewell to her family and friends in touching scenes tonight. In the episode, Ste and Peri made Sid realise that he’s unintentionally guilt-tripped Courtney into staying, so they rushed to tell her to take her dream job as Head Teacher in a new school in Scotland. Courtney’s closest waved her goodbye as she left in a taxi.

Talking about her departure, Amy said “Being on Hollyoaks has been one of the biggest honours of my life. I’m grateful for everything; from all that it taught me to the lifelong friends it gave me. Travelling to Spain and filming a drug smuggling scandal was definitely a highlight. I already miss Courtney and her bad decision-making ways.”

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Hollyoaks airs every weeknight at 7PM on E4, and 6:30PM on Channel 4