Finally, after over a year of manipulation, controlling behaviour and killings, Cameron Dunn’s (Nic Jackman) reign at Holby City has come to an end.
After kidnapping Ange Goddard (Dawn Steele) two weeks ago, the walls started to close in on Cam in tonight’s episode as Chloe (Amy Lennox) enlisted the help of Lucky (Vineeta Rishi), Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw), Nicky (Belinda Owusu) and Donna (Jaye Jacobs) to try and prove that Cameron had killed his past patients and kidnapped Ange.
A desperate Cam tried to buy himself as much time as possible, drugging Ange and steering Chloe in the wrong direction so she couldn’t find her mum, but ultimately, Cameron knew of his fate, and after confessing everything to Nicky, he was arrested.
It’s been quite the journey for Nic Jackman, who’s played Cameron Dunn since his arrival in 2016. Cameron’s early years saw him as a temporary character, desperate to prove he was a good doctor to his well-respected mother Bernie (Jemma Redgrave), and it wasn’t until his permanent return that saw viewers establish this character was prepared to try and do whatever he can so he could impress his colleagues.
Pity it never worked.
At time has finally ran out for Cameron, Metro.co.uk recently caught up with Nic Jackman to talk to him about how he feels to be leaving the show:
‘It’s sad! It’s sad to be leaving the show and the people there who are so lovely, but it’s really nice for that story to come to an end, it’s an end the audience are going to want and in the nature of how he leaves, justice will be served which is great and it’s about time!’
Cameron’s early scenes are a far cry from his final scenes we have just watched, and as Nic continued our chat, he added how great it is that he’s essentially played two different characters during his time at Holby:
‘In a way I don’t feel like I’ve been playing one character, I’ve loved it! It’s been such a journey and the character he came in as is so different to who he leaves as, and I couldn’t ask for more. I think it’s brave of the show to have a character like this in this world for so long, not many actors get to play a character that dark within that world.
It’s interesting to think about Cam’s early scenes. When Morven was in the show Cameron was a guest character and was a love interest for Morven, and just to see how nice he was and genuine and sincere, and then to see him manipulate people – it’s mad!’
For over a year viewers have been desperate for Cam to get his comeuppance and as he makes his way to prison to spend no doubt the rest of his life behind bars, Nic revealed whether he was happy with Cameron getting arrested:
‘I always knew it had to end, the turning point was with Evan when Cameron stepped back and let Evan die, I knew he was then going to be capable of doing that again, I knew he was going on that dark path, I had been told it too, but I never knew how it was going to end. It was only a few weeks before I shot the final episode that I was told he would go to prison, but I was so glad that was the way it ended. In a way, if the character dies it kind of got away with it, the fact that the police get him – he’s going to be sitting in a cell for a long time. I think it’s important for the audience that he doesn’t get away with it!
I think the episode is fantastic, and Steve Brett who brought me into the show – he cast me – he takes me out and I was so glad that he could do it, I think he’s an astonishing director, you’re in safe hands with Steve. I’m really pleased with the episode and I think the audience are going to be really pleased with the way it ends.’
A tense moment during Cameron’s final scenes tonight saw him tell Nicky that he would end his life. As we continued our chat with Nic, we were curious to know whether the moment Nicky fails to react to Cameron is really the moment where he realises time is up:
‘I think when he decides to throw the chair out of the window, he doesn’t know what to do, it’s a mad scramble, it’s an effort to save himself, he’s got nothing more to grab onto. He does it, he’s out of the window, he was never going to jump, he just doesn’t know what to do, and I think that is the point where he realises, he knows what his fate is, he knows the police will get him, and he knows the game is up.’
From the very moment Cameron let Evan die, he has never truly been a villain without any feelings. Even during the kidnap scenes with Ange, viewers saw a desperately vulnerable side to Cameron, showing us how wildly out of his depth he has been for this whole journey. As we neared the end of our final chat with Nic, we asked him whether it was important to him to ensure viewers have continuously seen a weaker side to Cameron:
‘Yes, I think there has to be a human within the character you play, you’ve got to justify their actions and why they’re doing it. I think he is a lost soul; we see the child in him when he’s kidnap Ange, and we see that in the final episode as well where he’s in Max’s office and Nicky for the first time just says “I’m not taking your s**t anymore, earlier today I would’ve done everything to protect you but not anymore” – and Cameron is just lost. For the first time he’s not been able to manipulate Nicky and he doesn’t know what to do. She goes to open the door and he says, “please don’t” and you really see the lost person, the lost child in him during that moment.’
It really has been a rollercoaster of a journey for Cameron Dunn, and to finish our chat with Nic, he gave us his thoughts on if he’ll miss playing the troubled young doctor, and ended with a message to the Holby City audience:
‘It’s been such a gift. It’s very rare you get to play a character like that for so long, and it wasn’t like I was playing one character either. There was more than one side to him, and because there’s been such a journey, it’s gone so quickly and I’m massively grateful to Holby, the writers, and everyone there who have put the story my way. I don’t know what they saw in me! Originally when I came in I was quite a likeable character, so I wonder what they saw in my eye!
Cam is a character who the fans have loved to hate, but it really has been a pleasure to bring him to the screen, and I’m so grateful for all the support, and to all the committed fans of the show – thank you.’
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