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|Portrayed by||Mandip Gill|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||17 January 2012|
|Date of birth||24 July 1996|
|Home||26 Leigh Road|
The following is a list of characters that first appeared or will appear in the British Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks in 2012, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by the series' producer, Emma Smithwick. The first character to be announced was Ally Gorman; soon followed by Phoebe Jackson. While interviewed by Inside Soap, Smithwick announced that she planned to introduce more characters to expand the Kane family. The first to arrive was Martha Kane; soon followed by Lacey Kane - while Amy Downham joined the serial playing the role of Jen Gilmore. Later introductions include "bad boy" character Walker and deaf teenager Dylan Shaw; while Maddie Morrison's father Ed and mother Elizabeth arrived. June saw the arrival of Walt played by former EastEnders actor Cliff Parisi. Liam Gilmore (James Farrar) began appearing from August, while Oscar Osborne arrived prematurely in October. Maxine Minniver, played by Nikki Sanderson, began appearing in November, as did Patrick and Sienna Blake, played by Jeremy Sheffield and Anna Passey respectively.
|Portrayed by||Mandip Gill|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||17 January 2012|
|Date of birth||24 July 1996|
|Home||26 Leigh Road|
Phoebe Jackson played by Mandip Gill, debuted on 17 January 2012. Phoebe is introduced as a regular character. When Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan) visits the squat George Smith (Steven Roberts) is living in he meets Phoebe who also lives there. Phoebe wants Callum to stop interfering because his presence leaves her nervous. Gill told TV Times that her character is "streetwise" and unlike George she has been squatting for a long time. As Callum is George's friend she cannot trust him because "in her eyes anyone from the outside is trouble". Pheobe fears that Callum will report them and so does not want to go into care or lose George. Gill said that "he and her dog Thunder are all she has". This causes tension between Phoebe and George and he decides to move out. Gill said that Phoebe feels "guilty" because George is unwell and puts her feeling aside to ask Callum for help. Gill explained that "by this point, George is very ill and she knows it'd be on her conscience if anything happened to him."
|“||Fiercely independent, proud and cocksure, Phoebe may only be fifteen, but she’s got an old head on her shoulders. Living away from the family home, she's had to grow up pretty quickly. It was on the streets of Chester that Phoebe came across a friendly young soul called George [...] She quickly realised that his cheery little face could be handy to have around when begging. Henceforth, she organised a place for him in the squat.||”|
Roberts told Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy that George became dependent on Phoebe as his situation became more desperate. She is his source for advice on "what to do and where to go". However, their friendship leads them into "quite awkward situations" where they act as one another's "lifelines". When George is around Phoebe he is serious and "down-to-earth", which Roberts opined, forged "brilliant" friendship. Roberts indicated". The storyline became "a lot darker" as it became more serious. George and Phoebe are forced to live on the streets after other squatters steal their living space. They receive help from Deena Hardman (Sian Breckin). Roberts described her as "very manipulative character and she hasn't got their best interests at heart". Deena attempts to lure them into human trafficking. Jaci Stephen of the Daily Mail said that is was "no mean feat" that Phoebe knew that Deena was scheming. She also said that she did not care about Phoebe going missing. Anthony D. Langford of AfterElton.com bemoaned the dearth of realism when George assumed Phoebe was safe because he found her bracelet. Langford also felt that Hollyoaks wanted the human trafficking storyline to end quickly and said that the plot was more about George and Callum moving in together. Langford said that he was "totally horrified" when Phoebe lured George into Deena's trap for the sake of her dog. He added that George had good sense to be "appalled and disgusted" with her and hoped he would disown Phoebe.
Phoebe tells George that he should not trust Callum because he is an outsider. She thinks that he will inform the authorities that they are squatting. Phoebe takes her dog Thunder to the local shopping center where she shoplifts items to sell on the streets. When Callum spends the night at the squat to gain an idea of how George and Phoebe live, he leaves his watch behind. New squatters force Phoebe and George out of their home and they are forced to live on the streets. Phoebe is attacked by a thug and is saved by Deena Hardman (Sian Breckin) who takes Phoebe and George back to her home for food and shelter. Phoebe thinks that Deena has an ulterior motive and searches her home for clues. She finds a photograph of boy she once knew who went missing. She realises that Deena is involved in human trafficking. When she and George try to escape, Graham Hardman (Steve Marsh) appears and stops them. Graham is revealed to be the thug that attacked her, a fight then breaks out as Phoebe and George try to escape. Deena goes in search of Phoebe, while Graham tries to find George. As they became separated, George tells Callum that he thinks Phoebe did not manage to escape Deena. George later finds Phoebe's bracelet and assumes she is safe.
She then returns to the village to persuade george to run away from her but instead she was just setting George up for Deena to get her dog back then gets locked up by Deena and her husband. Later on after scratching a customer who paid Deena to have sex with her Deena's husband kills her dog and she faints from stress and hunger and Deena takes her away. George finds her with a police man in a room she then wakes up and runs away With him to avoid to going to care. She then realises he wants to go home. She asks him to but he won't until she does. So she gets someone she owes to pretend to be her mother to let George move on. She is taken in by Martha Kane. When George tires to convince the headmaster to let him stay she starts a fire in the sixth form college where she later gets arrested.
After her mum turns up, she is taken in by Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper) and Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss). She finds it hard to adjust to normal life. She starts attending Sixth Form College in September and frequently stands up to Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) when she torments Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks). Rhys is killed in a minibus crash and Phoebe decides to burn all of his things when she finds out he cheated on Jacqui, however Jacqui screams at Phoebe for doing this. After Esther tries to commit suicide, Phoebe is suspended after standing up to her bullies.
|Portrayed by||Carli Norris|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||18 January 2012|
|Home||65 Christleton Terrace (2012—)|
26 Leigh Road (2012)
|Occupation||Florist assistant (2012–)|
In January 2012, the serial's producer Emma Smithwick said that she wanted to explore Ash (Holly Weston) and Callum Kane's (Laurie Duncan) backstories. She revealed that she planned to introduce "satellite" family members in the process. Martha will appear on a semi-regular basis. On the serial's official website, Martha is described as being "loveable but fiesty, straight-talking and fun". Martha is more of a "liberal parent than a strict one".
In one storyline Ash is diagnosed with meningitis, which leaves Martha unable to cope and she turns to alcohol. Weston told Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy that the storyline shows that Martha is "not quite the good mum that she pretends to be". This was the first time that viewers were made aware of Martha's alcohol problem. Weston opined that viewers did not understand the reasons they complained about Martha. The scenes gave "a good picture" as to why Ash and Callum had made her out to be a "nightmare mum". Callum is left to deal with Martha's behaviour alone, which proves to be "quite difficult for him". Norris told Alison Slade from TVTimes that Martha "would die for her children" but she still behaves like a child herself. She cannot deal with "anything that requires her to step up and be a mother". Norris said that Martha keeps deserting her family and leaving them to cope with alone. Martha "manipulates Callum and wraps him around her little finger, like she always does." Martha cannot cope with the situation and even misses a meeting with a doctor. The actress added that she Martha would "rather it was Callum sorting it out".
Martha later begins a relationship with her boss. When he cancels their date, Martha begins drinking. However, her daughter Lacey Kane (Georgia Bourke) intervenes by pouring her wine down the sink. Bourke told TVTimes' Slade that "Martha's a bit drunk by that point and lashes out". The following morning Martha is "breezy" and acts as though nothing has happened. Lacey forgives Martha because she attempts to apologise by making her breakfast and taking her shopping. Bourke added that Martha's actions bring Lacey to the realisation of what her mother is "capable of and that her drink problem is worse than she thought". Martha's drinking becomes more frequent in the weeks that followed. Norris told a writer from Inside Soap that her character is in "terrible denial [because] she doesn't think that she drinks too much". Martha is aware of the upset is causes her children, but she "just laughs it off and makes a joke out of the situation". Norris said that it was "awful" of Martha, as her drinking begins to affect Callum and Lacey in different ways. As Lacey is only fifteen, not being able to wake her mother up leaves her "particularly scared". But Callum is "really angry" and when Martha regains consciousness he tells her that he "has had enough" and will not take any more of her behaviour. In July 2012, Norris appeared on The Wright Stuff, explaining that she researched the storyline during filming with help from Hollyoaks bosses. "I did as much [research] as I could. Fortunately for me, I haven't had that kind of lifestyle - I'm not a big boozer myself, and it wasn't a big thing in my family. "But I was really lucky, while we were filming, to come into contact with somebody who was a teenager with a mother who had a serious alcohol problem. He shared some stories with me, and nobody should have to go through that, particularly at that age. And unfortunately she did pass away and left the family in devastation."
Laura Morgan from All About Soap said that Martha "if there were ever an award for soap's worst mum then Hollyoaks' Martha Kane would be a sure-fire contender. Immature, irresponsible, alcoholic… The list just goes on and on." Morgan stated that Martha should confront her problems and pay her bills. Martha's "reckless behaviour" has a "massive effect" on Callum and it was not his responsibility to sort Martha's problems. The writer concluded that Martha would not solve her problems because "it'll be left to Callum to pick up the pieces while she drowns her sorrows in another bottle of cheap plonk!" In a poll run by Hollyoaks' official website to discover the best mum out of Martha, Myra McQueen (Nicole Barber-Lane) and Diane O'Connor (Alex Fletcher), Martha received the least votes, with over 240 votes and only 3% of the total votes.
Martha first appears when she asks Callum where he has been overnight. She assumes that he spent the night with Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) when he was actually helping homeless George Smith (Steven Roberts) out. Martha agrees to let George stay with her for aslong as he needs to. When Martha finds a new home, she goes missing leaving Callum and Ash to sort out the moving. She then welcomes home her youngest daughter, Lacey. Martha embarraces Ash by going on a drunken night out with her friends. Ash is taken to hospital and diagnosed with meningitis, unable to cope Martha goes home to get drunk. Martha starts calling in sick and is fired from her job. She interferes with Callum's revision to get him to help with interview preparations. She gets a new job and immediately sleep with her boss after a night of drinking. When her bofriend cancels their date Martha get drunk and ignores Lacey, who decides to pour her wine down the drain. Martha insults Lacey and slaps her, the following day she tries to bribe Lacey with breakfast and a shopping trip. She later discovers that Lacey has stolen money from the Savage family. Martha takes the money for herself to pay the bills and Lacey uses this against her to have more freedom.
Doctor Paul Browning, played by Joe Thompson, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 23 January 2012. Doctor Browning is described as having an "incredible capacity for Sleaze" and as a "man who needs to be in control and is not afraid to use underhand tactics to assert his power over the situation". Doctor Browning and Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) begin a relationship, with Thompson explaining that the pair are "kindred spirits" with an "undeniable connection" who are "excited by how dangerous the other is". Doctor Browning becomes a suspect in the whodunit murder plot of Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan), who he is later revealed to have killed. For his role as Doctor Browning, Thompson was nominated in the "Newcomer" category at the 2013 National Television Awards. Laura Morgan of All About Soap felt that Doctor Browning is a "fairly obvious suspect" in the investigation for Lynsey's murder, while Inside Soap journalist Sarah was shocked at the revelation of Doctor Browning as Lynsey's killer, saying she had overlooked him as a suspect. Anthony D. Langford from AfterElton hoped that the character would not be revealed to be Lynsey's killer due to his enjoyment of Doctor Browning's relationship with Mercedes and their "blistering chemistry".
Ally Gorman, played by Daniel O'Connor, made his debut screen appearance on 31 January 2012. The character and O'Connor's casting was announced on 11 December 2011. O'Connor originally auditioned for a different role twice, before being asked to audition for the part of Ally. O'Connor was given the part and began filming his scenes three days later. The actor said of his casting: "I'm really excited about joining Hollyoaks, especially with its recent success. [...] I'm really looking forward to working with some of the show's most popular characters and talented actors." O'Connor signed up for an initial twelve episode stint, but his contract was extended and he became a regular cast member. In April 2012, O'Connor revealed that he would remain on the show "at least until the end of ".
Deena Hardman, played by Sian Breckin, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 31 January 2012 and remained until 13 March 2012. The character was announced while Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy interviewed Steven Roberts, who plays George Smith. Deena tries to help George and his friend Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill) who are living on the streets. Roberts said that Deena is "not all she seems - she's a very manipulative character and she hasn't got their best interests at heart." Deena and her husband, Graham Hardman (Steve Marsh) hold George and Phoebe against their will for human trafficking, but they escape. Hollyoaks later announced that the storyline had not finished and Deena and Graham would continue their scheme. Phoebe has been recaptured by Deena and she leads George into a trap for Deena. Gill told a writer from Inside Soap that George thought Phoebe was safe, but all the time she was locked up by Deena. She manipulates Phoebe into luring George back into her scheme, Gill added that "she'll hurt her dog if she doesn't retrieve George, that dog, Thunder, is all Phoebe has in the whole world." Hollyoaks also confirmed that they planned to air "harrowing scenes" once Deena recaptures George. Jaci Stephen from the Daily Mail said that Deena and Graham were an "evil pair" who were "no Bonnie and Clyde, think more Laurel and Hardy without the jokes."
Phoebe and George ask Deena for money. She later finds George, giving him money to buy food. Deena invites George and Phoebe back to her house where she gives them food and shelter. She steals George's sim card and convinces them to stay another night. She tells sneaks out to meet Graham and informs him that she can get a good price for Phoebe and George. When Phoebe finds some photos of a lost homeless boy she knows, she realises that Deena has been exploiting children in a sex trade for money. When Deena realises that they have discovered the truth, she and Graham attempt to prevent them from leaving. When Phoebe escapes she goes after her; while Graham goes after George. They are later arrested for their crimes and George and Phoebe escape for good.
|Portrayed by||Georgia Bourke|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||23 February 2012|
|Last appearance||29 November 2012|
|Date of birth||28 August 1996|
Lacey Kane played by Georgia Bourke debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 23 February 2012. In January 2012, the serial's producer Emma Smithwick tolod a columnist for Inside Soap that she wanted to explore Ash (Holly Weston) and Callum Kane's (Laurie Duncan) backstories. She revealed that she planned to introduce "satellite" family members in the process. The first to arrive was their mother, Martha Kane (Carli Norris). The character and Bourke's casting were officially announced on 14 February 2012. As the youngest of the Kane siblings, Lacey moves into family home following some time away. She was described as being "rarely short of something to say" and presents problems for house guest George Smith (Steven Roberts). Bourke told a reporter from Inside Soap that she found working on Hollyoaks "daunting" at first. She added that she found playing Lacey an enjoyable experience.
Bourke said that Lacey has a "childish edge" because she is fifteen years old. Lacey shares a good relationship with her siblings but tends to be sarcastic towards them like a "typical teenager". Bourke said that Lacey is "wary" of George because she does not know him. She thought that Lacey just wanted all the attention for herself because she just moved back in. She wants her family around her and the "big fuss" and does not like the fact that George is there too. Duncan later told Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy that Lacey and Callum have a "love-hate" relationship and Callum thinks that he knows best because Lacey is his younger sibling. At times Callum attempts to be the father figure in her life. Lacey knows that he has good intentions but Callum's attitude "annoys her a little bit". Bourke was nominated for "Best Newcomer" at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards for her portrayal of Lacey. Laura Morgan of All About Soap said that Lacey looked like reality television star Shabby Katchadourian. She added that Lacey was "shaping up to be as gobby as Shabby". On 29 January 2013, Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy reported that Lacey had departed off-screen and there were no current plans for her to return.
Lacey arrives in Hollyoaks when she decides to move back in with her family. She reveals that her father no longer wants her living with him. She takes a dislike to Callum's friend George who is staying with the family and insults him, but she soon accepts him. When Ash is diagnosed with meningitis, Lacey blames herself because she had often wished Ash dead. Lacey talks to Joel Dexter (Andrew Still) and he says that he understands her. She tries to kiss him but he rejects her advances, with Joel telling her that she is still a child. She later leads Callum to believe that Joel had attempted to seduce her, causing a fight between him and Joel. Ash's boyfriend Ally Gorman (Dan O'Connor) becomes involved with the Kane's and creates a rift between Martha and her children. Martha leaves the family home after an argument with Ash leaving the family struggling. Ally begins helping the family and moves in. Lacey develops romantic feelings for Ally and persistently tries to get his attention. Lacey tries to seduce Ally and he agrees to have sex with her. Lacey's friend Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill) becomes concerned when she realises Lacey's attentions and quickly notifies Martha, who interrupts Lacey and Ally. Ash and Callum return home at the same time and Ally fails to explain the situation. He is later arrested for identity fraud as he had been using the identity of a dead army soldier and trying to work his way in to the Kane family. Lacey tells Martha she will never forgive her but the Kane's later rebuild their family. It is later revealed that Lacey is now living with her father.
|Portrayed by||Amy Downham|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||13 April 2012|
|Occupation||Student teacher (2012)|
Art teacher (2012–)
Jennifer "Jen" Gilmore, played by Amy Downham, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 13 April 2012. On 8 April 2012, Susan Hill from Daily Star announced the character's arrival. Downham's casting was later announced by her management; who also confirmed that Jen is a regular character. Will Martin from CultBox said that Jen is a "bohemian" teacher and a "fiery newcomer". Hill reported that Jen would soon become romantically involved with her pupil Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon).
Dixon told Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy that Jen arrives to view an art event organised by Tilly. Jen catches Tilly's attention and she wants to find out more about her. Dixon explained that Jen is an art teacher and "she gives her blunt opinion" on Tilly's work; which gets the pair of to a "bad start". However, they meet again and Jen invites Tilly along to Crosby Beach to view Another Place. While Tilly is not very daring - Jen is "quite adventurous" and Tilly likes that part of her personality. It "draws Tilly in" and "shows her a different side to things". As they spend the day together they grow close; Dixon said that "Tilly's just in awe of Jen, she's so free and she's so full of life, and that's what Tilly ends up falling in love with." However, the situation becomes complicated when Tilly lets Jen believe that she is a university student. Jen starts her new role as a student teacher at Hollyoaks Sixth Form College, where Tilly actually studies. Tilly tries to keep it a secret from Jen, but she becomes trapped in a fire at the college and Jen discovers the truth. Dixon added that Jen and Tilly "are not meant to be together, as student-teacher relationships are forbidden" - but felt it is an interesting storyline for Hollyoaks viewers. Laura Morgan from All About Soap praised Jen's inclusion because it was "high time" Tilly had romance in her life. She branded Jen as "mysterious" and the moment Tilly discovers that Jen is her teacher as a "OMG" moment. Anthony D. Langford from AfterElton said that Hollyoaks were rushing Tilly and Jen's story "with its usual breathless pace"; but was interested to see the out come of their romance.
Jen arrives at to view an art exhibition in College Coffee and criticises Tilly's work. She later asks Tilly to accompany her to the beach to view statues. They grow close and end up kissing. Tilly tells her that she is studying at HCC; unaware that Jen has secured a job as a student teacher at her sixth form college. Jen moves in with Diane O'Connor (Alex Fletcher). After learning about Jen, Tilly avoids her by hiding in a room, but Tilly gets locked in as a fire blazes in the school. When she is rescued, Jen takes her to hospital and Tilly apologises for lying to her. Jen starts to draw Tilly and they almost kiss but are interrupted by Mr Keeler (Carl Cieka). Jen tells Tilly that she cannot risk her job by dating a student. Jen presumes Tilly is talking about her and dismisses her from a lesson. Tilly attends Jen's debate in an attempt to flaunt her intelligence. She later apologises to Jen for trying to put her career in jeopardy and tries to kiss her. Jen tells her they can just be friends. In the end, Tilly and Jen get back together secretly. Diane founds out about it and tells Jen to stay away from Tilly. Tilly and Jen keep seeing each other untobeknown that Diane is secretly watching them from a distance.
Jen and Tilly arrange to spend the night at a hotel but their plans are ruined when Jen's brother Liam turns up. Tilly goes to see Jen at Diane's but just as she is about to knock on the door Diane tells Tilly Jen doesn't want to see her and she should go. Later Diane tells Jen that Tilly was looking for her and that she needs to tell Tilly nothing can happen between them. Tilly is angry about the cancellation when she sees Jen walking through the village with Liam drinking out of a champagne bottle.
After some soul-searching and indecisive moments Jen and Tilly continue their affair in secret, until Tilly misunderstands a conversation she has with Jen about travelling the world. Tilly thinks Jen is intimating that they should leave Hollyoaks, whereas Jen is just wistfully reminiscing. Jen is offered the job of art teacher at Hollyoaks college which she accepts, whilst Tilly buys round-the-world travel tickets. Jen eventually tells Tilly she cannot go with her and the two quickly fall apart. Tilly steals Jens car as retribution, but only gets herself into more trouble. Tilly threatens to expose their affair and ruins Jen's career, and Tilly joins Jen's art class in the new school year.
|Portrayed by||Emma Rydal|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||19 April 2012|
|Last appearance||25 April 2012|
Mel, played by Emma Rydal, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 19 April 2012 until 25 April 2012. On 1 March 2012, Rydal told a writer from the News and Star that she had joined Hollyoaks; playing the guest role of Mel. She explained that Mel is the mother of an established character who would "really shake things up". She remained secretive about her role and but added that Mel is a "nasty character". More details surrounding the character were announced while Laura Morgan from All About Soap interviewed Mandip Gill, who plays Phoebe Jackson. Mel is Phoebe's "wayward mother"; who arrives after Phoebe starts a fire and is reprimanded by the law. Gill said that it is a "massive shock" for her character because she has not seen Mel for a long time. It is apparent from their first scenes that they do not get on well and share a "volatile" relationship. Phoebe has done many things without her and Gill explained that Phoebe no longer views her as a mother and rather "just a person called Mel". Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper) and Mel soon argue over who gets to keep Phoebe in their care. She has been keeping a "dark secret" about Mel and when it is revealed; Gill opined that it makes "explosive" and "dramatic" viewing.
Gill later told Laura-Jayne Tyler of Inside Soap that when Mel first arrives; they have to keep up a "facade" that they are a family. This is so the social services will not become involved. The actress revealed that Mel is a prostitute and Phoebe goes home with her and "finds that nothing has changed - Mel's still bring men to the house". Phoebe feels safer on the street than living with Mel. Jacqui and her boyfriend, Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss) convince Mel that her daughter will be better off with them, Gill said that it could be the last viewers see of Mel, but she did not believe Mel will just give up that easy.
All About Soap's Morgan described Mel as Phoebe's "waster mum" who would "rather focus on entertaining her grubby clients than look after her daughter". She branded Mel's introduction as "a stroke of genius on Hollyoaks’ part" because it explained why Phoebe is the way she is. Morgan concluded that there is no real relationship between the two and Phoebe would be better without Mel in her life. Jaci Stephen of the Daily Mail said that Mel was as equally "wayward" as her daughter.
Mel accompanies Phoebe to the police station after she starts a fire. She defends her daughter and requests that the social services do not become involved. When Phoebe is released, Mel tells her that she does not want her to come home with her - but does not want her attract the attentions of the social services either. She then argues with Jacqui in the village. Mel visits Jacqui and Rhys demanding that they let Phoebe move back home. They refuse and she reveals that Phoebe is only fifteen and she will call the police. Phoebe returns home with Mel, where it is revealed that she is a prostitute. After Mel sleeps with a client, Phoebe runs away again. Jacqui and Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) visit Mel and offer her a solution - that Jacqui and Rhys care for Phoebe and she can continue to receive child support money - which she eventually accepts.
|Portrayed by||Neil Newbon|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||11 May 2012|
|Spin-off appearances||Hollyoaks Later (2012)|
|Occupation||Undercover police officer (2012)|
Simon Walker, played by Neil Newbon, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 11 May. Newbon's casting was revealed while he attended the British Soap Awards. Newbon told a reporter from What's on TV that he found joining Hollyoaks a "positive experience" because he enjoyed working with the cast. Newbon later told Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy that he was having a “wonderful experience” at Hollyoaks and felt “incredibly lucky” to be playing Walker. Newbon auditioned for the role in London and upon reading the script, he was “very surprised by how unusual the character was for Hollyoaks”. He was also surprised by the nature of the themes his storyline will explore. Newbon said that a mixture of the script, the character and the serial's producer Emma Smithwick made him “really happy” to take the role. The character has a natural charisma and can be quick to understand those around him. As he is “very intuitive”, Walker picks and chooses when he needs to be “charismatic and the centre of attention” or “deliberately blend into the background”. Newbon said that this trait is a “powerful tool” for Walker to have.
Emmett J. Scanlan who plays Brendan Brady said that Walker is the serial's new "bad boy" and rival for Brendan. There is a "mutual respect between" between the two characters but ultimately they are arch nemeses. The initial idea of what Walker is about had developed into a situation resembling a game of chess. Newbon added that Walker and Brendan are "grand masters at what they do, they come from different points of view and they sort of meet over this game". Newbon told Kilkelly that Walker's storyline involving Brendan is “very edgy, full of conflict and packed with surprising twists and turns”. He opined that the two characters are “evenly matched” and Walker is a “great sparring partner for Brendan”. He enjoyed working alongside Scanlan because they have a similar methodology in acting. Both actors "believe in being in the moment and trying to play characters truthfully and honestly". Walker also becomes involved with Brendan's sister, Cheryl Brady (Bronagh Waugh). Walker likes the fact that Cheryl has strong character and is her own woman. She also has vulnerability about her; Newbon said that this was the reason that Walker is attracted to her. The "element of attraction" is present between the two as she sees Walker "in a different light at certain points" in the story.
Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan) is killed in a whodunit storyline. Digital Spy reported that Walker had motive to kill her due to her coming close to discovering his secret. A promotional image featuring Walker later confirmed him as a suspect in the mystery. At the 2012 Inside Soap Awards Newbon was nominated for "Best Bad Boy" for his portrayal of Walker.
Walker arrives in Hollyoaks and meets Cheryl and Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) and they compete for his attention. When he realises that Cheryl is Brendan's sister, he asks her on a date. He then goes to visit Brendan and gives him a place to stay because Walker claims that he has no money. Cheryl finds a large amount of money in Walker's bag and he is forced to tell Brendan that he is doing a deal. Brendan asks to be part of the deal and Walker agrees, but Joel Dexter (Andrew Still) is stabbed by Walker's contacts. Brendan orders him to leave. He disappears for a short time, but eventually returns and reestablishes his partnership with Brendan. He and Brendan plan a major heist, from which they hope to steal a million pounds. However, their plan goes awry and the heist fails. During that time, it is revealed that Walker is an undercover police officer with the goal of bringing Brendan down. Back in his drug dealing days, Brendan once sold ecstasy to Walker's younger brother, Cameron (Cam), who overdosed and suffered severe brain damage. Walker continually visits his brother in the hospital. Lynsey Nolan eventually catches on to Walker's true identity as a police officer, which threatens Walker's plans for Brendan. Shortly before her death, Walker visits her and he reveals to her that he is undercover. While he is there, Paul Browning (Joe Thompson), turns up to confront Lynsey about Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) stabbing herself. Walker hides in the kitchen as Lynsey and Browning argue and he strangles her to death. Walker does nothing, even as Lynsey screams out his name. Browning is later arrested for Lynsey's murder, clearing Walker as a suspect.
Walker learns Cam has a serious infection and he is with him when he dies. Walker is devastated and becomes even more determined to get his revenge on Brendan. He steps up his plan for revenge when Brendan calls him for his help in disposing of Joel's stepfather, Mick's body. While they are at a rest stop, Walker hears a noise from the boot of the car and discovers that Mick is still alive. He tells him that he is an undercover police officer, and that Brendan will pay for what he has done to him, before suffocating him with the plastic sheet that he is wrapped in. In an attempt to get close to Brendan, Walker kisses him and allows Bredan to have sex with him. At the holiday home Brendan admits to Walker that his father abused him (something he has never told anyone). Shortly after Walker calls his police contact and reveals that he finally has Brendan where he wants him, but is surprised when Brendan reveals himself to be on the other end of the phone call. Shortly after an explosion occurs and Brendan is injured. At the hospital, Walker tells Brendan that he is going to hurt his loved ones and admits to watching Lynsey die. Brendan gets a gun for protection, but Walker steals it. Brendan later finds Walker holding Ste at gunpoint and tackles him, resulting in Walker firing the gun and accidentally hitting Riley Costello (Rob Norbury). Walker quickly leaves the scene and then calls Brendan, revealing that he has his son, Declan, and is planning on injecting him with drugs until he overdoses. Brendan, Ste and Doug find Declan unconscious in a lock-up and get him to the hospital. Walker sends Brendan a video message and, believing Declan to be dead, says that it is goodbye.
Ed Morrison, played by Dominic Rickhards, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 21 May 2012. He last appeared on 19 July 2012. The character was announced on 8 May 2012 by a writer from All About Soap, who also reported that he would date established character Carmel McQueen (Gemma Merna). Merna told a reporter from Inside Soap that Carmel has an instant attraction to Ed. Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) notices the attraction and introduces them to each other; he then asks a "dead excited" Carmel out on a date. The actress described Ed as being "suave and handsome" and he owns a "flashy" vehicle. Carmel likes this and thinks that he "ticks all the boxes in what she's looking for". In July 2012, Ed arrived at Abersoch at his family own house their with a young woman, unaware Maddie and her friends were holidaying there.
Ed meets Carmel in the gym and asks her out on a date. They go for a drink together and get on well. He asks her out to lunch and Carmel enjoys the date. After she leaves, Ed puts his wedding ring back on. Ed goes to meet Carmel in college coffee and kisses her. His daughter Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) notices and shouts at him because he is still married to her mother. Carmel then refuses to speak to Ed. He later does business with Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) and Walker (Neil Newbon). His wife Elizabeth (Helen Grace) who is later introduced, announces to Maddie that the couple are filing for divorce.
|Portrayed by||Mikey Riddington-Smith|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||9 May 2012|
Dylan Shaw, played by Mikey Riddington-Smith debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 9 May 2012. The character was announced on 29 January 2012 by Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy and was then named "Mikey". Hollyoaks put out a casting call for deaf actors over the age of sixteen to audition for the role. Their requirements were are that all candidates must be fully or partially deaf and have the ability to communicate in sign language. The role was described as a "brilliant role for a young deaf actor". The character was planned to be a guest role; with the potential of becoming a series regular. In June 2012, Kilkelly reported that Mikey's name was changed to Dylan after the casting stage. He is confirmed that the character would return to the series.
Dylan arrives at an open day at Hollyoaks Sixth Form College. He meets Lacey Kane (Georgia Bourke) and they spend the day together. He explains to her that he is deaf, but after she has an argument with Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill), Dylan quickly leaves. Lacey fails to get his contact details. Dylan returns for the start of sixth form. He sees Lacey again and they chat.
Walt, played by ex-EastEnders actor Cliff Parisi, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 5 June 2012. The character was first announced on 16 April 2012 by Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy, who revealed that Parisi had joined the serial in a guest role. Hollyoaks had decided to remain secretive about the character's storylines; but revealed that his name is Walt. When Parisi started filming with the serial, he stated via his Twitter account that his role would last just a "few" episodes and added that he had fun during filming.
Walt arrives after Dirk Savage (David Kennedy) asks for help with his family crisis. Walt tells the Savages that his fair ground is doing a world tour and he invites the family along. However, Will Savage (James Atherton) refuses to go along and he and Dodger (Danny Mac) come up with an different plan. Walt then helps with the Savage family fundraiser. He later makes comments about Dodger and Will, promting Dodger to question his motives. Walt tells Dodger that Dirk is not his biological father and leaves to go on his tour.
|Portrayed by||George Evans|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||9 July 2012|
|Last appearance||29 August 2012|
Ryan, played by George Evans, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 9 July 2012. Evans' casting was announced in May 2012. Ryan is a semi-regular character who was introduced during a storyline in conjunction with Company magazine. Ryan is an intern at the magazine headquarters working alongside the established character of George Smith (Steven Roberts) and Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks). A writer from the publication revealed that Ryan would be "entwined in an office romance" with the character of George who is also on a placement.
Ryan and George bond while attending their internship. Franks told Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy that Esther "meddles" and tells Ryan and George what she thinks should happen. But she warned that Esther "tries to give advice, but it usually backfires". While Roberts told the reporter that he thought it was nice for George to explore romance. But because of his past he is cautious of letting new people into his life. He explained that "Ryan is a lot more confident" and "outgoing" than George. These traits that Ryan possesses are good for George, Roberts felt that his character needed someone like Ryan. He added that "I wouldn't say they're chalk and cheese, but they are different." Ryan later arrives to visit George while he is on holiday in Abersoch. This creates a problem for George because he sees it as "his two worlds colliding". Roberts continued by noting that George feels awkward about introducing Ryan to his friends because is unsure of how to deal with him. He was also unsure of how their relationship would develop. But it is "blossoming and there is an attraction between them".
Esther and George meet Ryan when they intern at Company magazine. Ryan shows them around and helps them with their assignments. During a night out, Ryan tries to kiss George, but he rejects him. George and Ryan promise to stay in touch and they start texting each other. Esther later invites Ryan to join her friends and George at Abersoch. Ryan and George spend some time together and begin dating. George begins to avoid Ryan when they talk about sex. He tries to seduce Ryan after a few drinks of alcohol. Ryan nearly leaves George, but he tells him that he is a virgin and Ryan decides to take things slow. Ryan later visits George in the village but they do not spend time together because Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill) becomes jealous. George presumes that Ryan wants sex and snubs a date. Pheobe tells George that Ryan will say that he loves George just for sex. Ryan confronts George and confesses his love, he informs Ryan of Phoebe's prediction, causing Ryan to leave.
|Portrayed by||James Farrar|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||6 August 2012|
Liam Gilmore played by James Farrar is the brother of Jen Gilmore (Amy Downham). Farrar debut episode aired on 6 August 2012. A writer from The Sun announced Farrar's casting on 22 July 2012. They said that Liam is a "cheeky charmer" and the brother of established character Jen Gilmore (Amy Downham). A spokesperson for the show told the writer that "James is a real hunk and will steam up screens when he arrives".
Farrar originally auditioned for a different role in Hollyoaks but months later he was called back and told he had been cast as Liam, a part which he did not have to audition for. Farrar described Liam, saying: "Liam is a cheeky chappy, he's a charmer and he's happy-go-lucky. The essence is in the word 'lucky', because everything works out for him. He tends to get what he wants, and he won't stop until he gets it! Liam is also a smooth talker, he's a positive guy and he looks out for his sister a hell of a lot. You'll see that in the first week or so - Liam and Jen are very close, and he's there to help her out in any way he can. He wants to push her career, but at the same time, he doesn't want to ruin her personal relationships". Liam discovers Jen is in a relationship with her student Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) which causes "friction" between Liam and Tilly. Farrar added that his character "come in, caused a bit of havoc and ruffled some feathers within their relationship, which was going so smoothly beforehand". The actor said that Liam and Jen are "very close" and he has "looked out for Jen forever"; however Jen is not "appreciative" of Liam getting involved in her and Tilly's relationship as it does not concern him. Farrar said that his chemistry with Downham "is buzzing" and that "a few of the directors have said that we've got quite a natural click between us". E4's official Hollyoaks website described Liam as someone who has "come to Hollyoaks in search of fun and adventure" and is "Laid-back, easy-going, charming, sporty, with a close bond to his sister Jen. Lives for today".
Liam catches the attentions of Diane O'Connor (Alex Fletcher) and Martha Kane (Carli Norris) at the local pub. They take an interest to him and Diane asks if he needs directions, but Liam says he is waiting for someone. He later finds Jen Gilmore and it is revealed that they are brother and sister. Liam finds out that Jen is in a relationship with Tilly Evans, one of her students.
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||3 October 2012|
|Date of birth||3 October 2012|
|Home||The Dog in the Pond|
Oscar Riley Osborne made his first screen appearance on 3 October 2012. Oscar is Darren (Ashley Taylor Dawson) and Nancy Osborne's (Jessica Fox) son. Darren and Nancy learned they were expecting a baby in May 2012. All About Soap's Claire Crick commented "After their heartbreak following Nancy's recent miscarriage, it's about time the pair had something to celebrate". Nancy goes into labour three months premature, after feeling tired, dizzy and sick for a few days beforehand. She realises that she has to go to the hospital, where she has an emergency caesarean section and gives birth to a baby boy. Fox researched premature births before filming the scenes and she explained "Obviously there's a bit of artistic licence that goes into the scripts, to make things more dramatic or to let the story flow better. But I did do a lot of reading about premature birth and premature babies - all the things that can go wrong and all the things that can go right". Oscar is rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit following his birth and the doctors inform Darren and Nancy that their son may have brain damage and maybe disabled and he maybe deaf and that he is fighting a serious infection he developed necrotizing enterocolitis  The family hold a christening and Darren and Nancy decide to name their son, Oscar.
Darren and Nancy bring Oscar home for Christmas and have trouble settling him when he is crying. Darren drops a vase near Oscar who is sleeping. When Oscar does not wake, Darren and Nancy are concerned so consult the hospital who reveal that initial tests were inconclusive and further testing has revealed that Oscar is not responding to sound and is profoundly deaf. Oscar's deafness causes tension between Dareren and Frankie, who fight leading to Darren walking out. Darren spends the day contemplating how Oscar would be affected by his deafness and begins learning sign language and buys specialist toys to support Oscar. Darren and Nancy think of getting cochlear implants for Oscar so he can hear but Nancy was put off by the operation.
Eoghan Nolan, played by Alan Turkington, made his first screen appearance on 22 October 2012. The character and casting was announced on 2 October. Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy reported Turkington had a guest part and was expected to appear in four episodes. Kilkelly stated "Eoghan's arrival could tie in with recent speculation that Lynsey's funeral will soon take place now that the investigation into her murder has ended." He added that viewers may also learn about Eoghan's history with Cheryl (Bronagh Waugh) and Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan).
|Portrayed by||Nikki Sanderson|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||6 November 2012|
|Home||21 Eastham Crescent|
|Occupation||Beautician (until 2012)|
Maxine Minniver, played by Nikki Sanderson, made her first screen appearance on 6 November 2012. The character and Sanderson's casting was announced on 28 September 2012. Sanderson joined the serial on a year contract. On her casting, the actress said: "Being a member of the Hollyoaks team has so far been an absolute pleasure, and I am excited about what the future holds for my character. I feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful show and to be working with an amazing team". Maxine was created as the sister of established character Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton). She has been described as being "a confident, lively and flirtatious bombshell, who lives her life on the edge and can spot an opportunity a mile off". Maxine does not mind taking risks and Digital Spy's Daniel Kilkelly stated that she would cause fireworks in the village. Sanderson described her character as being "a really interesting character to play" as she "has got a heart and she is lovely, but she just doesn't show it at first! When she first arrives, she's more interested in herself and how everyone should fit into her life, rather than her fitting into theirs". Sanderson added that Maxine is "a bit feisty, very confident and knows exactly what she wants, how she wants it and exactly how she's going to get it!"
|“||Prepare yourselves for Maxine: She's confident, lively, impulsive and savvy. A fearless risk taker, and she's ready to create a storm in Hollyoaks... It isn't all cuddles and kisses between Maxine and her sister, the glamorous Mitzeee. Fur is gonna fly, and we can't wait...||”|
Sanderson explained the character's backstory, saying she has "just come back from Marbella, where she sold the bar she had with her boyfriend over there, took the money and ran. She's come to Hollyoaks to find her sister, which was quite arrogant of her really because five years earlier she stole Mitzeee's fiance". She added that the relationship is "more than strained" but Maxine "is so ignorant she reckons she can swan back into Mitzeee's life and everything will be totally hunky dory". Sanderson said that Maxine does not feel guilty as she is "quite ignorant and quite selfish" and thinks "Mitzeee should get over it as it was such a long time ago". When speaking to Mitzeee, Maxine realises "the impact it had on her life". Sanderson added that "Maxine stops and thinks about it. She realises that she actually did cause a lot of pain for her younger sister. I don't think she'd realised what she'd caused until now. Maxine was looking after number one, but she sees that she did the wrong thing and maybe she shouldn't have turned up to see Mitzeee after all". Sanderson said that Maxine begins to"realise what a tough time Mitzeee has had" although she "doesn't understand the extent of Mitzeee's feelings" for Riley. She commented that Maxine "does want to put things right with Mitzeee - and with all the other people in Hollyoaks she upsets". Sanderson's initial scenes feature her being slapped by Mitzeee, she revealed that she was slapped for real to make the scenes look realistic. In some of the character's other early scenes she arrives in Hollyoaks village and "decides to pretty much con everybody that she meets on the way through". She added that her character is a "little bit of a conwoman" but will have to "face the music" when she meets those she has conned. Sanderson said this was a "wonderful way of coming into the show".
Maxine arrives in the village from Marbella to visit her sister, Mitzeee, after stealing money from her cheating boyfriend and leaving him. However, Mitzeee isn't happy with her arrival after Maxine stole the first man she loved, her fiancee Gary. Maxine apologizes to Mitzeee and remembers her of the happier times they shared together. Mitzeee informs her sister that she has to stop to lying to her. Maxine tells her that she has changed and only needs a chance to prove it. Maxine surprises Mitzeee by buying her old place back, and they decide to call it even.
|Portrayed by||Anna Passey|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||21 November 2012|
|Date of birth||12 February 1990|
|Home||34 Tynburn Road|
Sienna Blake made her first screen appearance on 21 November 2012. Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy announced the character's introduction to the serial on 7 October 2012. He said that she would be introduced in a "shock storyline twist" when established character Dodger Savage (Danny Mac) discovers she is his twin sister. Kilkelly tipped the character to cause "mayhem" in the village upon her arrival. It was announced that actress Emily Lawrence would play the character and that the character will be introduced along with her father, Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield). Of her casting, Lawrence said: "Joining Hollyoaks is going to be fun and a great experience for me. It goes without saying that working with Jeremy is brilliant". Kilkelly announced on 26 October 2012 that the character had been recast and would instead be played by Anna Passey. Dodger decides to find Patrick and while visiting him sees a girl who he later discovers is Patrick's daughter, Sienna. Dodger reveals that he is Patrick's son but Patrick believes his son is dead as Sienna and Dodger's mother, Anna told him he was. Mac explained "It's an afternoon of bombshells because after Dodger proves his real identity, Patrick reveals Sienna is his twin sister". He added that Sienna and Patrick later arrive in the village and "try to build a relationship with Dodger". Official E4 Hollyoaks website describes Sienna being "swathed in mystery and intrigue". Passey describes Sienna as a "very guarded, intelligent and feisty" character.
Dodger tracks Patrick down and decides to visit him. When he visits him he meets Sienna. Dodger and friend Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson) introduce themselves under the pretence of carrying out a consensus. Sienna allows them in to her house. Patrick questions if they are official, he discovers they are not and assumes that Dodger and Darren are trying to con him. Dodger reveals he is Patrick's son but Patrick tells him his son died. Dodger convinces Patrick that he is his son and that his son did not die. Patrick reveals that Sienna is Dodger's twin. Sienna visits Dodger and they discuss their mother. She asks him how much it will cost to make sure he does not interfere with her family. Dodger throws her out but later shows her a picture of them together when they were young and tells her how their mother did not forget her and told him a story of a young girl.
|Portrayed by||Jeremy Sheffield|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||21 November 2012|
|Home||34 Tynburn Road|
Patrick Blake, played by Jeremy Sheffield, made his first screen appearance on 21 November 2012. The character's introduction to the serial and Sheffield's casting were announced on 7 October 2012. Patrick is the biological father of established character Dodger Savage (Danny Mac). Of his casting, Sheffield said: "I'm very happy to be joining Hollyoaks at a time when things are getting very exciting". Mac revealed that Dodger decides to find Patrick. He said that Dodger is "shocked" when he finds Patrick as his house is "huge with expensive cars on the driveway. It's the opposite to the place where Dodger grew up". Mac added that Dodger sees a girl when visiting Patrick who he learns is Patrick's daughter. Dodger is "struck by what a decent, charming, handsome bloke" Patrick is and reveals he is his son. Patrick does not give Dodger the reaction he was hoping for and is "adamant that his son Mark - which is Dodger's real name - is dead, because that's what Dodger's mum Anna told him years ago. It's an afternoon of bombshells because after Dodger proves his real identity, Patrick reveals Sienna is his twin sister". Mac explained that Patrick and Sienna later arrive in the village and try to build a relationship with Dodger. A writer for the official Hollyoaks website said "Patrick is a strong, conservative, disciplinarian head-teacher. However, the man that the world knows may not be the same behind closed doors..."
Dodger tracks Patrick down and decides to visit him. Dodger and friend Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson) visit under the pretence of carrying out a consensus. When Patrick questions if they are official, he discovers they are not and assumes that Dodger and Darren are trying to con him. Dodger reveals he is Patrick's son but Patrick tells him his son died. Dodger convinces Patrick that he is his son and that his son did not die.
|Portrayed by||Dan Tetsell|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||30 November 2012|
Jim McGinn played by Dan Tetsell debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 30 November 2012. Tetsell's management confirmed that he would be playing a regular role in Hollyoaks. On 17 November 2012, a writer from TV Magazine announced the character's arrival. They added he would be Mercedes McQueen's (Jennifer Metcalfe) lawyer who is "unconventional and will bend the rules" to help Mercedes. The writer also said that he would arrive to discuss the trial with Myra McQueen (Nicole Barber-Lane). Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy described Jim as a "cunning solicitor" while Metcalfe told Carena Crawford from All About Soap "what a great character he is, he's brilliant - a proper dodgy solicitor and he'll do anything to get her off. He plays a blinder in the court scenes. He's really, really good." She added that Jim concocts a "clever idea" about blaming everything on Riley Costello (Rob Norbury). The actress added that as her character's trial progresses many different characters arrive to give evidence. Mercedes realises that Jim's "idea is genuinely the best one". Tetsell's management described Jim as an outsider who never fits in. He can appear brash and rude because he has no social skills. But he is actually "a man with a caring heart and the mind of a genius" and "intellectually superior" to others because of his career in law. Jaci Stephen of the Daily Mail said Jim is "undoubtedly brilliant and controversial".
Jim arrives to discuss Mercedes' trial with her mother Myra. He tells Myra that he is confident that he can secure her release. He attends court and interrogates Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill) and attempts to portray Riley as a liar. Jim portrays Riley as abusive towards Mercedes and suggests that Mercedes had to kidnap her son to protect him from Riley. He also suggests that Doctor Browning (Joe Thompson) did not kill Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan) and that it was Riley who killed her. Mercedes is found not guilty of both charges. Jim later flirts with Mercedes' sister Carmel McQueen (Gemma Merna). Jim later helps Carmel to safety after he runs her over with his car. He advices Myra to sue the hospital for giving her an incorrect diagnosis. Jim tells Doctor Browning that he knows is responsible for the diagnosis. Carmel takes Jim to dinner after accidentally punching him, where he argues with Doctor Browning and Carmel rebuffs Jim's advances.
|Portrayed by||Fintan McKeown|
|Introduced by||Emma Smithwick|
|First appearance||20 December 2012|
|Home||2 Oakdale Drive|
Seamus Brady, played by Fintan McKeown, will make his first screen appearance on 20 December 2012. McKeown's casting was announced on 28 November 2012 and the actor stated "This is my first appearance in soap opera and I hope I can bring something unique to the style and format of the show. I enjoy working with everyone on set, especially my on screen family, Emmett and Bronagh. I can't wait for all the drama that will inevitably ensue." Seamus is Brendan (Emmett J. Scanlan) and Cheryl Brady's (Bronagh Waugh) father. During the fifth series of Hollyoaks Later, it was revealed that Seamus had sexually abused Brendan when he was a young child. A statement from the show explained "Brendan's sister Cheryl is unaware of the very different childhood her sibling had, so could this be an opportunity for the truth to finally surface? Or will there be more wrongs before there can be a right?" Series producer Emma Smithwick said that after the events of Hollyoaks Later "there's no way that I couldn't bring in Brendan's dad!" Smithwick revealed that herself and the production team had "been talking about this man for over a year now, so I'm pretty sure that when Later airs, everyone will want to meet Papa Brady at some point". She said she would like to explore Cheryl and Brendan and what sets them apart through Seamus, as Cheryl "will forgive Brendan almost anything, but what happens when daddy dearest gets in the way?"
|Registrar||24 January||Jo Cowen ||A registrar in the hospital while Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) and Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan) are cleaning.|
|Teacher||26 January||Meriel Schofield||Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) gives a biology presentation to her class. The teacher tells Tilly that she made mistakes and marks down her work.|
|Squatter/Thug||27 January-1 February||Craig Whittaker||George Smith (Steven Roberts) enters his squat to find out that another squatter and his friend have taken over the property. He manages to scare George into leaving the squat. He later tries to stop Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan) from retrieving some of George's possessions.|
|Tenant||30 January||Danny Ryder||Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper) talks to a tenant looking at her advertisement for her spare room. The tenant tells Jacqui that her boyfriend Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss) has told him that only females can have the room.|
|Graham Hardman||31 January-13 March||Steve Marsh||Graham attacks Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill), but Deena Hardman (Sian Breckin) manages to scare him away. Graham turns up unannounced at Deena's. She informs him that Phoebe and George Smith (Steven Roberts) will fetch a good price. When Phoebe and George attempt to leave the house he appears and attempts to stop them using force. He then goes in search of George. They are later arrested for their crimes and George and Phoebe escape for good.|
|Fiona||31 January||Jessica Day||Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper) and Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss) interview Fiona as a potential new housemate. Fiona ruins her chances when she flirts with Rhys.|
|Hazel||Rachel Priest||Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper) and Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss) interview Hazel as a potential new housemate. She ruins her chances when she reveals that she would like to introduce vermicompost into the flat and gifts Rhys with a bottle of worm waste.|
|Jen||3 February||Georgina Mellor||Jen is Neil Cooper's (Tosin Cole) driving examiner. At the end of the test she tells him that he has failed.|
|Annette Palmer||20 February-30 March||Heather Bleasdale||George Smith (Steven Roberts) phones his mother but after she answers he does not speak to her. Annette and her husband Geoff Palmer(Jonty Stephens) think that George killed himself. When Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan) and Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) visit, she shows them around George's room and she reveals that she thinks he is still alive. Maddie confirms this and George appears outside their home and her family reunites. George later tells his mum that he wants to stay in the village, and she araanges for to stay with the Kanes.|
|Lecturer||13 March||Kerry Phillips||The lecturer later indtroduces Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) to give a talk to her business class. She then tells Cheryl Brady (Bronagh Waugh) that she needs to do well in her business pitch or she will be asked to leave the course.|
|Wardy||15 March-4 May||Karl James Wilson||Wardy is member of the rugby team and friend of Will Savage (James Atherton) and Rob Edwards (David Atkins). He spends time with them drinking in the SU Bar. He later attends another party at the venue alongside Will. Wardy sees Rob's ex-girlfriend Annalise Appleton (Tamaryn Payne) kissing Scott Sabeka (Calvin Denba) and takes a picture of them. He confronts Scott and shows Rob the evidence. He tells Rob that he should not let Scott get away with it. He punches Scott and Rob then punches Wardy for interfering.|
|Woman||15 March||Rina Mahoney||Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill) knocks on the woman's front door and asks her to pretend to be her mother. After George Smith (Steven Roberts) think Phoebe has reunited with her parent, the woman tells Phoebe that she still owes her.|
|Geoff Palmer||16 March||Jonty Stephens||Geoff is the father of George Smith (Steven Roberts) and he and his wife Annette believe that their son killed himself. He gets angry when Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan) and Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) arrive at his home. He throws them out when they claim that George is still alive, but is shocked to find George standing outside.|
|Neesha||22–23 March||Kiran Landa||Neesha is an old work colleague of Dennis Savage (Joe Tracini) from the phone shop. She visits him to see how he is doing and tells him he can do better than working in the SU Bar. Dennis then asks Neesha out on a date.|
|StooShe||26 March||As themselves||StooShe are a real world girl group who perform in the SU Bar while the students party.|
|Bank manager||3 April||James Nickerson||Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) and Doug Carter (PJ Brennan) attend an appointment to discuss a loan for the purchase of Cinerity. Ste imagines the bank manager and himself naked; which causes him to make a bad impression. The bank manager then refuses to give them a loan.|
|Journalist||9 April||Ross Adams||A journalist and online blogger visits Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) to interview her. He tells her that he is only there because his company is now in association with her management.|
|Dave||9–10 April||Michael Camp||Joel Dexter (Andrew Still) is sent to retrieve money from Dave that he owes Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan). Dave tells Joel that he wants to know everything about Brendan because he conned him. Joel tells him to hand over the money, but Dave calls in a group of his friends to surround Joel. After beating Joel up, Brendan goes to see Dave with money and it becomes clear that he was acting under Brendan's orders.|
|Mags||10–13 April||Barbara Young||Mags is the grandmother of Scott Sabeka (Calvin Denba). He goes to stay with her over the Easter holidays and Barney Harper-McBride (Tom Scurr) also visits. She punches Barney when she thinks he is stealing from her. Mags tells Scott that he needs to go out and stop hiding from his old friend Mitchell. She says he should fight Mitchell; he does so and Scott and Mitchell make up. Mags later dies just before leaving to see the fight.|
|Mitchell||10–13 April||Jack Bence||Mitchell is an old friend of Scott Sabeka (Calvin Denba) and when they see each other, Mitchell tries to argue with him. Scott tells Barney Harper-McBride (Tom Scurr) that Mitchell wanted to steal laptops with his help. As Scott wanted to go to University he backed out, while Mitchell was sent to prison; ruining their friendship.|
|Mr Keeler||17 April–29 January||Carl Cieka||Mr Keeler works at Hollyoaks Sixth Form College. He evacuates the school during a fire and asks George Smith (Steven Roberts) if Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill) lit it. He later checks up on injured pupil Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) and nearly catches her kissing her teacher Jen Gilmore (Amy Downham). Mr Keeler later watches a debate organised by Jen. He reprimands Phoebe and Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) for fighting and calls their legal guardians in for a meeting. Mr Keeler is later fired after failing to sort out the bullying problem at the college, which led to Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks) attempting suicide.|
|Mary||2 May||Connie Walker||Mary is Mitzeee's (Rachel Shenton) is present at the taping of "Style like the Stars", which Mitzeee is appearing on. Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks) tells Mary about Mitzeee's favourite drink; which Mitzeee had never made public. Mitzeee is being stalked and when Mary mentions the drink live on air, Mitzeee angrily accuses her of being the stalker.|
|Horace||Michael Howe||Horace is the presenter of "Style like the Stars" and helps Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) prepare for her interview. Mitzeee starts an argument with her super fan Mary, accusing her of being a stalker. Horace tells Mitzeee that she will never get a job on television again.|
|Policeman||3 May||Ross Grant||Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) informs the policeman that she is being stalked. He tells her that they will monitor the situation, but cannot do much more. Mitzeee accuses him of being unhelpful and leaves.|
|Adam||4–11 May||Alex Morgan||Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) joins a dating website where he meets Adam. They arrange a date in the SU Bar, but Ste's business partner Doug Carter (PJ Brennan) joins them. Adam presumes that Doug is interested in Ste, but he tells him that he is straight. Adam then arranges another date with Ste. Adam realises that Ste is more preoccupied and decides to stop seeing him. He later tells Doug that it is his fault they split.|
|Head of Year||7–8 May||Sarah Groarke||Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper) and Phoebe Jackson (Mandip Gill) visit the Head of Year about the possibility of Phoebe joining her school. She tells them that she does not think Phoebe is suitable; which causes Jacqui to start an argument at her. Jacqui returns to make amends and she offers Phoebe a place at the Sixth Form College instead.|
|Promoter||7 May||Danny Hynes||Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) arrives at a promotional event at a night club. The club's promoter introduces Mitzeee and convinces her to stay for drinks in the VIP lounge.|
|Jamie||Paddy Wallace||Jamie meets Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) in a night club and he buys her drinks. She pretends to be Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) and invites him back for sex. However, she tells Jamie to wait a while before turning up and gives him Mitzeee's address. Jamie arrives and Riley Costello (Rob Norbury) questions him about how he knows Mitzeee, who is away attending a promotional appearance. Riley warns him to keep away and Jamie leaves.|
|Casper||16–17 May, 29 June||Chris Lindon||Casper and Sampson are involved in a dealings with Walker (Neil Newbon), but he backs out of the arrangement. Walker's contact Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) shows interest in the deal and sends his accomplice Joel Dexter (Andrew Still) to the meeting place. Joel arrives to a hostile welcome and is stabbed in the process when he attempts to escape. Brendan decides to get revenge and attacks Casper and Sampson.|
|Sampson||16 May-29 June||Sean Cernow||Sampson and Casper are involved in a business deal with Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) and Walker (Neil Newbon). Brendan sends accomplice Joel Dexter (Andrew Still) who is stabbed. In revenge Brendan attacks Casper and Sampson. Brendan's friend, Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan) is killed in a whodunit storyline. Digital Spy reported that Samspon had motive to kill her due to him trying to settle a score with Brendan. A promotional image featuring Samspon later confirmed him as a suspect in the mystery.|
|Mr Sykes||21–25 May||Mark Jordon||Mr Sykes advices Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan) about his choice of university. When he next offers his advice, Callum gets angry and mocks his job.|
|Policeman||21–23 May||Luke Broughton||The policeman arrives at the McQueen's home with a warrant to search the premises. He helps arrest the entire family for possession of a cannabis farm. He later visits Diane O'Connor's (Alex Fletcher) house to search for Bart McQueen (Jonny Clarke).|
|Daz||23 May||Samuel Thompson||Daz goes to see Bart McQueen (Jonny Clarke) after he requests his help. Bart steals the Savage family campervan and sells it to Daz.|
|Delivery guy||5 June||Richard Kelly||The delivery man arrives at Chez Chez with stock. Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) tells him that the order is wrong and he is forced to take it back.|
|Waiter||6 June||Ryan Cerenko||A waiter serves Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) and Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson). Ste then asks the waiter if Brendan has booked a room for the night.|
|My First Tooth||7 June||As themselves||My First Tooth, Nine Nails and Pariis Opera House are bands that perform at Will Savage's (James Atherton) music fesitival in the village.|
|Pariis Opera House||8 June|
|Band manager||Matthew John Morley||Dodger Savage (Danny Mac) tries to convince the band manager to lend his music equipment. He tells Dodger he needs to get his band to a gig that actually pays good money. Dodger pays him with his takings from game stand.|
|Solicitor||Steve Murphy||Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) tells Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) that if he wants them to be in a relationship, then he has to sign their business Carter-Hay into his name. Brendan and Ste see the solicitor who over sees the signing of paperwork.|
|Maverick Sabre||As himself||Maverick Sabre's originally appeared in one off episode exclusive to E4 on 7 June 2012. He appears in the main series at after Dennis Savage (Joe Tracini) convinces him to perform at Will Savage's (James Atherton) music fesitival. His band consisting of Chantelle Nandi, Charlie Laffer, Joe Price, Tricky O’Connor, Samson Jatto perform alongside him.|
|Maverick's band||As themselves|
|Journalist||4 July–3 August||Sam Pamphilon||Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson) serves a journalist a drink and he questions him about Riley Costello (Rob Norbury) and Mitzeee's (Rachel Shenton) relationship. Darren does not realise he is a journalist and gives him information. his name is later revealed as Patrick Salter when he gives his card to Will Savage in hope of getting information on serial killer Silas Blissett, Will however declines.|
|Elizabeth Morrison||13 July–11 December||Helen Grace||Elizabeth is the mother of Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) and wife of Ed Morrison (Dominic Rickhards). Maddie is devastated when Elizabeth reveals that her and Ed are filing for divorce, when an argument breaks-out between the couple, Maddie is enraged and takes herself and her friends on a trip to Aborsoch. When Maddie and Phoebe Jackson (Madip Gill) get into trouble at school, Mr Keeler (Carl Cieka) calls Elizabeth and Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss) into his office. Elizabeth and Rhys go for a coffee after the meeting and she propositions him with sex but he walks away. She makes her final appearance at Maddie's memorial service in the college.|
|Jamie||17–19 July||Will Rastall||Jamie meets Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) in Abersoch and she reveals that he is a friend of her ex-boyfriend Toby (Alex Roe). When Neil Cooper (Tosin Cole) steals his surfboard, Jamie and his friends chase him and tie him up for revenge. He takes Maddie to a party and she flirts with him. When he tries to kiss her, she rebuffs him and he becomes annoyed that she went to his party and drank his alcohol but will not kiss him. He grabs Maddie and forces himself on her.|
|Katie||Jemma Dallender||Katie meets Neil Cooper (Tosin Cole) on a beach at Abersoch. She asks him for surfing lessons, but he does not turn up. She attends a part he is at and she he tells her why he did not show.|
|Father Des||19 July–||Patrick Miller||Father Des is a vicar who offers advice to Carmel Valentine (Gemma Merna) after she is left with facial scarring. He later gives support to Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) when he is in need.|
|Barrister||20 July||Clarence Smith||Will Savage's (James Atherton) Barrister visits him to inform him that the police are still proceeding with Will's murder charge.|
|Grace||20 July–21 July||Amy Noble||Grace is a woman that Will Savage (James Atherton) admits to talking to online and secretly filming after he was encouraged to do so by Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle).|
|Connie||9 August–10 September||Julia Montgomery-Brown||Connie and Herb are Doug Carter's parents, who come to visit him. They presumed that Doug is in a relationship with Leanne Holiday (Jessica Forrest) and he does not correct them. Doug is afraid to tell Connie and Herb that he is involved with a man, Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson). Leanne escalates the lie by letting them think that she is pregnant and also engaged to Doug. When he attempts to tell them the truth, they mention the wedding fund that Doug is due upon his marriage. Ste convinces Doug to keep lying to Connie and Herb so he receives the money.|
|Police Officer||14 August||David Clayton||Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) and Walker (Neil Newbon) are involved in a factory siege. A police man chases them through the factory and Walker shoots him. In the episode a series of flashbacks occur to when Brendan and Walker met in prison. Present is the Prison Officer and Kai who runs the drug operations in the prison. Kai tries to attack Brendan but Walker saves him.|
|Prison Officer||Archie Kelly|
|Shawnee||14 August-||Josie Taylor||Shawnee is heading an operation in which Walker (Neil Newbon) is attempting to uncover Brendan Brady's (Emmett J. Scanlan) crimes. She tells Walker off for shooting a police officer to keep the investigation going. She warns him off the case aghain but he tells her he can secure Brendan's arrest. He leads Shawnee to the body of Mick (Gavin Marshall) but when she arrives Brendan has already disposed of the body. She tells Walker that he is off the case. When she warns Walker off again he attacks Shawnee and throughs her out of his car. Shawnee is later seen convincing Doug Carter (PJ Brennan) to help bring Brendan down. He says that he is scared but she warns him about his own past involvement in Brendan's crimes.|
|Cam||14 August - 14 September||Sam Hagen||Cam is Walker's (Neil Newbon) brother who is hospitalised in a persistent vegetative state. Walker reveals that Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) was responsible for supplying him with the drugs which caused his condition and vows to get revenge for him. Later a Doctor (Alison Darling) informs Walker that Cam has an infection and his condition is deteriorating. Walker enquires about alternative treatments but the Doctor tells him that Cam is in pain. Cam later dies from his illness.|
|Police Officer||22 August||Ian Ralph||The police officer arrests Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) when she steals Jen Gilmore's (Amy Downham) car. Her disappointed father, Kevin Evans arrives to collect her from the police station. Kevin questions Jen for answers about Tilly's behaviour.|
|Kevin Evans||William Ilkley|
|Marie Dexter||11–12 September||Emma Campbell Jones||Marie is the mother of Joel Dexter (Andrew Still) and she tries to bond with Joel. Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) presumes that Joel is sleeping with Marie but they soon correct her. Marie reveals that she no longer wants to be with Mick (Gavin Marshall) because he hits her. But when Mick arrives she agrees to resume their relationship despite Joel's pleas.|
|Mick||12 September||Gavin Marshall||Mick is Joel Dexter's (Andrew Still) step-father and arrives to convince his abused partner Marie (Emma Campbell Jones) to return home with him. When she agrees, Joel is upset. Mick later hits Joel and Brendan decides kidnaps him and drives him to Southport. Mick escapes and attacks Joel with a hammer and then kidnaps Joel's girlfriend Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter). He attacks Theresa which angers Joel and Brendan. They hang Mick off a lighthouse and make him beg for his life. They decide to give Mick a chance, but he slips off the lighthouse during a fight. They presume he iis dead and put his body in the boot. Walker (Neil Newbon) discovers that he is alive and suffocates him with plastic. Brendan then cuts Mick's body up.|
|Matthew McQueen||25 December–||Uncredited||Matthew is left on the McQueen family's doorstep on Christmas Day by his mother. John Paul reveals that he and Craig Dean are Matthew's fathers. They decided to have a baby to save their relationship, but it broke down anyway.|