Telly’s dead ends

HIT telly drama Bodyguard has left fans reeling after its lead character, played by Keeley Hawes, was killed off!

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SHOCK: Home Secretary Julia Montague died from a bomb blast in episode four

Viewers of the BBC One drama saw Home Secretary Julia Montague die in episode four when she succumbed to injuries from a bomb blast.

The show’s creator, Jed Mercurio, says he aimed to shock with the twist.

Here JAMES MOORE looks at some of the other top TV characters who have died over the years…

LINE OF DUTY: It’s not the first time that Keeley, 42, has played a character who was unexpectedly killed off.

As DI Lindsay Denton in the police drama, she was shot by a corrupt officer in the final scenes of season three.

She says: “It was really unexpected.”

GAME OF THRONES: The fantasy series has seen a host of leading stars killed off, but none was more shocking than when Ned Stark perished in season one.

Eddard Stark, played by Sean Bean, right, was beheaded.

CORONATION STREET: The hit soap has seen the onscreen demise of many characters over the years.

But perhaps the biggest character to make a sudden exit during recent years was in 2014 when Tina McIntyre was thrown to her death from a balcony.

Michelle Keegan, who played Tina for six years, was said to be “gutted” when her character was killed off.

OUR GIRL: Another hit show starring Keegan has also seen some of its main characters killed off.

In the BBC Army drama her character, Lance Corporal Georgie Lane, gets engaged to hunky soldier Elvis Harte, played by Luke Pasqualino, but in a dramatic turn of events he was tragically blown up.

EASTENDERS: The BBC show is another that has killed off top characters such as Barry Evans – pushed off a cliff in 2004.

But the most tear-jerking moment on Albert Square was surely on New Year’s Eve 1998 when Tiffany Mitchell, played by Martine McCutcheon was tragically run over and killed by Frank Butcher outside the Queen Vic pub.

COLD FEET: Actress Helen Baxendale cried at her own death scene when her character, new mother Rachel, was killed when the car she was driving was hit by a lorry.

A whopping 9million people tuned in to the episode in 2003.

HOMELAND: For three series of the spy thriller, the US hero and sometime terrorist, Nicholas Brody, escaped death.

But the character, played by Damian Lewis, died in 2013.

Lewis said: “It was right for me that Brody met his demise.”

HOLLYOAKS: As one of the Channel 4 soap’s original characters it came as a shock to fans when Max Cunningham was killed off in 2008 on his wedding day, after marrying Steph Dean, played by Carley Stenson.

He had sacrificed his life to save his little brother, who was in the path of a speeding car.

DOWNTON ABBEY: The period drama suffered a barrage of complaints in 2012 after Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens, was also killed in a motoring accident in series three.

His on-screen wife Mary had just given birth and he was rushing to break the good news to his family.

Stevens said: “It has upset a lot of people.”

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