“Total denial”: ‘Bodyguard’ fans are still asking Keeley Hawes if Julia Montague is alive

But is she bluffing?

Bodyguard actor Keeley Hawes has said that sceptical fans still question her on the fate of her character Julia Montague.

Hawes portrayed the Home Secretary in last year’s hit BBC drama alongside Richard Madden. Montague was ultimately killed off after being caught in a terrorist blast, though her death took place off-screen and viewers never saw her body.

Now, in a discussion with The Guardian, Hawes has revealed that viewers still approach her frequently to ask if she could make a surprise return.

“I was very upfront [about her departure], and everybody just thought we were bluffing and bluffing,” she told the publication. “It just seemed to add fuel to it, the more we said, ‘No, she’s really gone.”’

Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes of ‘Bodyguard’

Speaking of being asked if Julia is actually dead “most days”, Hawes added: “Someone said it to me this morning. Total denial.”

Pressed on whether she could still be bluffing to this day, the actor replied: “Maybe!”

Despite scoring the highest ratings for a BBC drama in a decade, a second series of Bodyguard has yet to be confirmed. Back in September, creator Jed Mercurio hinted that Richard Madden’s success could affect the chances of another instalment.

“He’s the genuine article, a real leading man,” he said. “And I think this role has put him very much in the spotlight for bigger things. So the practicality may be that we have to work around his availability, if we are lucky enough to get him back.”

Elsewhere, Mercurio said that he would approach any thoughts of a second series with the idea that it would create an opportunity for a third or fourth.” 

He added: “We do feel very privileged and fortunate that there’s been such a response that it gives us that opportunity to at least think about doing more.”