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The character sheet for Hollyoaks. As it is a Long Runner Soap Opera, there are many characters past and present so those which haven't been present in a long time will have no or few tropes. As Hollyoaks was first shown in 1995, expect spoilers from anything older than a few months to be not considered as such. The characters are organised by family, with additional names listed after the main family name.

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     Nightingale (Kaur) 

Mac Nightingale

Duration: 2015—2017, 2018—

Portrayed by: David Easter

The patriarch of the Nightingale Family. Formerly married to Marnie and had 3 children with her (James, Nathan, and Ellie) as well as a son of his own through an affair with Cindy Cunningham (Alfie). Currently owns the Dog in The Pond. Loving father at times, while also having a bad temper when things don't go his way.

  • Affably Evil: While a terrible father to James and controlling when it comes to Neeta, Mac still comes across as a normal, middle-aged man with good intentions to most of the village.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Physically and emotionally abusive to his eldest, James.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With ex-wife Marnie.
  • Face–Heel Turn
  • Fate Worse than Death: After getting shoved out of the window of the pub by Ellie, Mac was left being fully-conscious, but fully paralysed, unable to speak or move any body part other than his eyes. He eventually makes a near-full recovery.
  • Made of Iron: Survived falling out of a window (a fall which killed his much younger son) albeit with locked-in syndrome, which he then makes a miraculous recovery from in under a year.
  • Parental Favoritism: Made sure to shower his love to his non-James children while mistreating James.

Ellie Nightingale

Duration: 2015—2018

Portrayed by: Sophie Porley

Daughter of Mac and Marnie.

Nathan Nightingale

Duration: 2015—2017

Portrayed by: Jared Garfield

2nd Son of Mac and Marnie.

Alfie Nightingale

Duration: 2015—

Portrayed by: Richard Linnell

Son of Mac through his affair with Cindy Cunningham.

James Nightingale

Duration: 2016—

Portrayed by: Gregory Finnegan

The eldest son of the Nightingale Family. A cutthroat, take-no-prisoners lawyer, James has found himself either scheming to help his mum with her business plans, his friend Joanne with her love life, or simply helping himself to the male population of Hollyoaks.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Was originally this to Harry Thompson, who expressed frustration at his continuous pursuit. However, seems it seems to be reciprocated now...
  • Agent Peacock: A Sissy Villain through and through, but floors Mac with one punch and handles himself for a while when fighting Finn, a dangerous prisoner.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Was angry when he found out his mother Marnie was carrying on an affair with Ellie's boyfriend.
  • Freudian Excuse: Was revealed to have been abused by his father Mac growing up, which stands in stark contrast to James' usual menacing public presence.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Revels in taunting various villagers, which lands him being hated by a majority of the village (especially Ste and Tony).
  • Sissy Villain
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Extremely cold and calculating when he's in lawyer mode as well as with the general public. He maliciously went after Harry Thompson and convinced Harry to take money for sex. However, he does show flashes of humanity, especially when taking on a big brother role with his siblings as well as showing steps of opening up to John Paul.
Later on he shows a great amount of care in his relationships with Harry Thompson and Kyle Kelly. However, he still maliciously taunts Sami about the suicide of his father.

Marnie Nightingale

Duration: 2016—

Portrayed by: Lysette Anthony

Ex-wife of Mac and the mother of James, Ellie, and Nathan, while also having adopted Mac's son with Cindy (Alfie). Her stories have revolved around business takeovers, as well as re-establishing her place as Mac's wife and mother of the Nightingale children.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Befriended Diane O'Connor and Tony Hutchinson to get her claws into their restaurant.
  • Evil Matriarch: Not above interfering in all her children's relationships (even sleeping with Ellie's boyfriend Freddie Roscoe at one point) as well as throwing them under the bus when it serves her purposes.
  • Rich Bitch: Came from money and doesn't hesitate to show others in the village up to whom she feels superior.

Neeta Kaur

Duration: 2015 — 2017

Portrayed by: Amrit Maghera

Girlfriend of Mac Nightingale, 25 years his junior. She nearly married him twice, before leaving him, due to his violent tendencies. Since then, she got a job as a teaching assistant at Hollyoaks High, later being "promoted" to an art teacher. She later resumed her relationship with Mac and began an affair with Hunter Mc Queen, one of her pupils.

     Donovan  

Liam Donovan

Duration: 2016—

Portrayed by: Maxim Baldry

Half-brother of Grace and Clare through their mother. Is known to be a ladies man and quite the charmer.

Jesse Donovan

Duration: 2016—

Portrayed by: Luke Jerdy

Liam and Adam's brother, half-brother to Grace and Clare.

Adam Donovan

Duration: 2016—

Portrayed by: Jimmy Essex

Older brother of Liam and Jesse, half-brother to Grace and Clare.

     McQueen (Browning, Valentine) 

Jacqui Ashworth (née McQueen, previously Malota)

Duration: 2006 — 2013

Portrayed by: Claire Cooper

The McQueens' eldest daughter, who steps into the matriarch role when Myra and Nana aren't around. She is usually involved in some criminal or immoral scheme, but is one of the most loyal members of the family. Was involved in several major storylines until her departure in 2013.

  • Citizenship Marriage: Was forced to have one in order to repay her debt to a criminal gang.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • It's All About Me: Particularly at the start of her run on the show, though this trait died down later.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Despite desperately wanting a child, she wasn't able to have one (and later ended up adopting Phoebe.)
  • Lower-Class Lout: Associated with the stereotypical "chav" persona.
  • Rape as Drama: A storyline revolved around whether Jacqui had been raped by Gilly Roach, given that they had both been drinking and it was her word against his (although it ultimately emerged he did rape her.)
  • Really Gets Around
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Became a calmer and kinder person over time, particularly after adopting Phoebe.

Mercedes McQueen (previously Browning, Owen, Fisher)

Duration: 2006 — 2014, 2015 —

Portrayed by: Jennifer Metcalfe

Mercedes is one of the more prominent members of the McQueen family and is often antagonistic due to being manipulative and having most of the town's women as enemies, although stories focusing on her have her suffer misfortune or pitch her against whoever is worse out of the current cast.

  • Cartwright Curse: A large number of her husbands and lovers have ended up dying (although she was directly responsible for at least one of these.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of the more obnoxious variety.
  • Faking the Dead: Fakes her own death in cahoots with Grace Black to get Freddie Roscoe framed for her murder.
  • Femme Fatale
  • It's All About Me
  • Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: During the Browning arc, when she was actively working together with her serial killer husband.
  • Love Triangle: Usually involved in at least one.
  • Never Found the Body: Mercedes vanishes in suspicious circumstances and is believed murdered (she's actually faking her death in conjunction with Grace.) Freddie and Grace were both arrested for her murder at different times despite there being no body.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Killed her third husband, Dr Browning. While it was mostly because he was getting too dangerous, the life insurance money didn't hurt.
  • The Vamp

Tina Reilly (née McQueen)

Duration: 2006—2008

Portrayed by: Leah Hackett

Quiet, intelligent bookworm who was more down to earth than the rest of the family and usually the most moral of the bunch. She was set to live happily ever after with her true love Dom, until their marriage ended over her affair with Russ Owen. She was killed in a building collapse caused by Myra's estranged son Niall Rafferty.

Carmel Valentine (née McQueen)

Duration: 2006—2014

Portrayed by: Gemma Merna

Compared to many members of her family, Carmel is normally morally sound. She's also gone through a fair number of careers, notably a Police Community Support Officer, a beautician, a gym instructor and a nun. Died in a train crash, by sacrificing herself in order to save her cousin, Theresa, from Sonny.

John Paul McQueen

Duration: 2006-2008, 2012—

Portrayed by: James Sutton

Another one of the more moral members of the family. He was an English teacher but was raped by Finn O'Connor and then falsely accused of sexually harassing Robbie and sent to prison. Most of his stories resolve around his homosexuality but he's typically praised by LGBT groups.

Michaela McQueen

Duration: 2006—2010, 2011—2012

Portrayed by: Hollie-Jay Bowes

Troublemaking schoolgirl who is the youngest of the main McQueens and was the first to be introduced on the show.

Nana McQueen (first name Marlena)

Duration: 2007—2009, 2012—

Portrayed by: Diane Langton

The grandmother of the main McQueens and the family matriarch when she's present and Myra isn't. Is definitely on the darker side of the family with moves such as hitting on her granddaughter's boyfriend and benefit fraud.

Myra McQueen

Duration: 2006—2013, 2014—

Portrayed by: Nicole Barber-Lane

The mother of the main McQueens and the family matriarch while present.

  • Christianity Is Catholic: Along with Carmel, is usually presented as one of the more religious members of the family.
  • Faking the Dead: To convince Browning. She goes to Spain afterwards.
  • Hypocrite: Likes to lambast others for things that she or her own family have done.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Her justification for resuming her relationship with Sally.
  • Mama Bear: Fiercely protective of her children.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Holds the record for this show, having had four children while still in her teens (although not on-screen.)

Phoebe McQueen (née Jackson)

Duration: 2012 — 2015

Portrayed by: Mandip Gill

A homeless teenager adopted by Jacqui, who soon fitted into the family and is usually part of their schemes (if reluctantly.)

  • The Artful Dodger: How she was introduced living on the streets.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Happily Adopted
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: She struggles to say the magic words to Robbie.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Didn't realise that this was the reason why Vincent couldn't return her feelings.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her criminal past and acting like a brat most of the time, she was the only person to defend Esther from bullying and very clearly cares about her family.
  • Rape as Backstory: Confessed to Lacey Kane that she had been raped while living on the streets.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The implication when she is murdered by the "Gloved Hand" hospital killer.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She lost her birth family, became homeless at a young age, became a thief, was sexually abused, fell in with con artists who murdered her friend, was bullied at school, blackmailed by Sonny into betraying her adoptive family, beaten and left for dead in the train crash, sent to jail after being framed for Mercedes's murder, and shot by a stray bullet from Joe ... just to name a few of the disasters that have befallen her.
  • Wrench Wench: Works in Joe Roscoe's garage after leaving school.

Theresa McQueen

Duration: 2008—2016

Portrayed by: Jorgie Porter

Myra's niece and a cousin to the main McQueens. Most of her storylines involve romantic drama or getting involved with the wrong man. She was a target of serial killer Silas Blissett, and infamously shot and killed Calvin Valentine on his wedding day to Carmel.

  • Alpha Bitch: Is initially this as a schoolgirl.
  • Brainless Beauty
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Theresa asks why Carmel seems to hold a grudge against her, Mercedes points out that Theresa killed Calvin. Theresa says "That was one mistake!" and clearly doesn't remember it as anything that important or noteworthy.
  • Con Woman
  • Easily Forgiven: Pretty much the whole family forgives her for killing Calvin and helps her cover it up; she's not caught until four years later when Calvin's brother finds evidence. This goes double for Carmel, who is not only Calvin's widow but is also unable to have children because of an STD she caught from him that Theresa had given him.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Turns out to be Jacqui's half-sister when it's revealed that Jacqui's father had slept with Kathleen.
  • Fille Fatale: The show's producers described her as a "teen temptress" and "Lolita type"
  • Jail Bait: Almost immediately after being introduced, she slept with Tony who had no idea that she was underage.
  • May–December Romance: With Patrick Blake.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Teen Pregnancy: Was 16 when she got pregnant with her daughter Kathleen-Angel.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Carmel dies to save her, Theresa is determined to become a better person, leading to her decision to donate a kidney for Nico Blake and later to become Patrick Blake's carer when he is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
  • Woman Scorned: Shot Calvin after he refused to acknowledge her and lied to Carmel about their affair.

Kathleen McQueen

Duration: 2009—2011, 2014

Portrayed by: Alison Burrows

Myra's sister and Theresa's mother, a thief and habitual criminal whose appearances spell trouble for the rest of the family.

Bart McQueen

Duration: 2010 — 2013, 2017 —

Portrayed by: Jonny Clarke

A second cousin to the main McQueens and one of the few male members of the family. Juvenile delinquent who was frequently behind bars and almost constantly stoned. His major storylines involved his drug use, running away from home with his girlfriend Sinead, and his various romances.

  • Delinquents: Has spent most of his life in and out of Young Offenders' Institutes.
  • Drugs Are Bad
  • Love Triangle: With Sinead and Jason.
  • No Bisexuals: One of the rare aversions on the show. He had romantic relationships with both Sinead and Joel, and continued to be attracted to Jason after Jason began transitioning from female to male.
  • Tattooed Crook: During his second run on the show.
  • The Stoner

Porsche McQueen

Duration: 2014 — 2015

Portrayed by: Twinnie Lee Moore

Myra's niece and a cousin of the main McQueens, introduced when she arrives in the village to join her fiancé Lockie Campbell.

  • Broken Bird: She's haunted by the memory of years of sexual abuse from her mother's ex-boyfriend; Reenie refused to believe Porsche, and Porsche took her sisters away from the family home. Later finds out that she was conceived after Reenie was raped by Nana's abusive then-boyfriend, the discovery of which adds to Porsche's trauma.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one believes Porsche that Pete abused her as a teenager.
  • Child by Rape: For Reenie, who was raped by Nana's boyfriend.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Estranged Soap Family: Doesn't return for Celine's funeral (although lampshaded by Nana, who thinks Porsche is just being selfish.)
  • Expy: Of Mitzeee Minniver's early days on the show.
  • Promoted to Parent: Seems to have stepped into the role of parent for Cleo after the girls became estranged from Reenie.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves town after inheriting £10,000.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Porsche is introduced with a lot of talk about how close she is to John Paul, as well as reminiscences of important family events that she was apparently a part of.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Played with. Her name suggests that she's this for Mercedes, and they look so alike that she's able to successfully pose as Mercedes when the family investigates Mercedes's disappearance. However, she is not much like Mercedes as a character.
  • Theme Naming: She's the second member of the family to be named after a car.
  • The Unfavorite: How Reenie treats her, given Porsche's history with Pete and her being more likely to call Reenie out on her antics.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Serious Child to Reenie's Wacky Parent.
  • Woman Scorned: Pushed Diane out of a window upon discovering that Diane slept with Porsche's husband Lockie.

Celine McQueen

Duration: 2014 — 2016

Portrayed by: Sarah George

Porsche's sister, another cousin of the main McQueens, who is first seen on Porsche's wedding day when she joins the party as a bridesmaid. She works as a nurse and is described by official material as "spiritual."

Cleopatra "Cleo" McQueen

Duration: 2015 —

Portrayed by: Nadine Mulkerrin

Porsche and Celine's younger sister who joins them in Hollyoaks after apparently having been away at school. She is described as a "brainbox" and different from the rest of the family.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Showed signs of this during two love triangles with Nathan, where at various points she plotted to get him away from Holly and then Lisa.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Embarrassing First Name
  • Green Eyes
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: How she feels next to her friends because of her many family problems.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Devastated when Harry breaks up with her; not realising he's actually conflicted over his sexuality.
  • Love Triangle: With Harry and Ste, then Nathan and Holly, then Nathan and Lisa.
  • Parental Abuse: Reenie neglected her, and Pete (the only father figure Cleo's ever known) sexually abused her.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She grows up with an alcoholic and neglectful mother; is sexually abused by her stepfather; pulled out of her boarding school; watches her family torn apart when Porsche reveals her own abuse at Pete's hands; loses her boyfriend when he comes out as gay; almost goes to jail; is publicly shunned after she falsely confesses to driving in the crash that killed Rachel Hardy; falls in love with Nathan, yet has to watch him get together with two of her close friends in short order; has her sister go missing and later show up dead; and then watches Nathan fall to his death on the day of Celine's funeral, right as she was about to make a play for him.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: A Serious Child to Reenie's Wacky Parent, as it often falls to Cleo to keep Reenie from going off the rails.
  • White Sheep: One of these compared to the other McQueens.
  • You Make Me Sic: During her first appearance, she stops to correct the grammar in Peri Lomax's graffiti, and ends up getting blamed as the perpetrator.

Reenie McQueen

Duration: 2015 — 2016

Portrayed by: Zoe Lucker

Porsche, Celine, and Cleo's estranged mother who moves into Hollyoaks upon her release from jail. Has an ongoing rivalry with Grace Black that began when they were cellmates. She has a drinking problem and, like many of the McQueens, is a habitual criminal. Tensions arise in the family when it emerges that she refused to believe her boyfriend had been sexually abusing Porsche.

Pete Buchanan

Duration: 2015 — 2016

Portrayed by: Kai Owen

Reenie's on-off boyfriend who re-enters her life after she is released from jail. He abused Porsche when she was a teenager, but Reenie refuses to believe this; leaving Pete free to continue abusing Cleo.

Sally St Claire

Duration: 2015 —

Portrayed by: Annie Wallace

Headmistress of Hollyoaks High, taking over from Patrick Blake after he becomes too ill. It is eventually revealed that she is John Paul's birth father, having had an affair with Myra prior to coming out as a trans woman.

     Osborne 

Jack Osborne

Duration: 1996—

Portrayed by: Jimmy Mc Kenna

Landlord of The Dog in the Pond for a long period of time, although he lost ownership eventually, while still continuing to work there. He's also a strong paternal figure, having a large number of children, grandchildren and foster children.

Darren Osborne

Duration:1996-1997, 1999-2000, 2003—

Portrayed by: Adam Booth (1996–97) Ashley Taylor Dawson (1999–)

The son of Jack and Sandy Roscoe, although his relation to the later is mostly ignored now. His stories have revolved around a gambling addiction and maturing as he has children.

Nancy Osborne (née Hayton)

Duration:2005—

Portrayed by: Jessica Fox

Her main storylines involved drug abuse, domestic abuse from Jake Dean and a love triangle involving Kris Fisher and Ravi Roy. She married Darren and gave birth to their son Oscar, who was deaf, although they eventually agreed to get him cochlear implants to let him hear. When her sister Becca Dean dies, she gets custody of Charlie Dean. Sienna steals Darren from her and gets her sectioned, convincing all but a select few that she is mentally ill and then tried to kill her. After Sienna is discovered, Nancy and Darren's relationship is unstable.

  • Cool Teacher: Becomes a teacher at Hollyoaks High after giving up her career in journalism.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Her addiction to painkillers.
  • Former Teen Rebel
  • Hollywood Healing: She receives brain damage from Sienna trying to kill her which, at first, makes her completely locked in. It takes about a month to completely go away.
  • Mama Bear: Very protective of Oscar, as well as Charlie and to a lesser extent Tom.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: A potential one with her student Robbie.
  • Troubled, but Cute: How she was portrayed as a teenager in her early days on the show.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Her relationship with Darren finally ends when he learns that she slept with Rick Spencer the night before remarrying Darren.

Frankie Osborne (née Wallace, previously Dean)

Duration:2002—

Portrayed by: Helen Pearson

Mother of the Dean family but later marries Jack. Relationship troubles and a miscarriage are her main storylines.

  • Captain Oblivious
  • Dead Guy Junior: She tries to invoke this trope by renaming Esther's baby to "Stephan" after her late daughter Steph.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Turns out to have had one that led to a child she didn't know was still alive; making Esther her granddaughter.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Ruby chopped off Frankie's hair in revenge for the Ziggy incident.
  • Your Cheating Heart: With Ziggy while she was with Jack and he was with Ruby. It caused a very difficult period in their marriage and Tom burning his adoption papers but they ultimately got back together.

Esther Bloom

Duration:2011—

Portrayal: Jazmine Franks

Frankie's long-lost granddaughter. Horribly bullied at school which led her to attempt suicide and need a liver transplant as a result. Had an on-again off-again romance with Tilly Evans and featured heavily in a Hollyoaks Later special where the girlfriend of the liver donor tries to kill Esther and take it back.

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     Cunningham 

Cindy Savage (née Cunningham, previously Longford, Hutchinson)

Duration: 1995–2001, 2002, 2004, 2008–

Portrayed by: Laura Crossley (1995–96) Stephanie Waring (1996–)

The oldest current member of the family. Has been or attempted to get married to a lot of men and had her first child, Holly, at 16 in the back of a video shop. She later had sex with Dr Browning and, after helping to cover up his murder, had his son, Hilton. Hilton's illness drew in Browning's son in suspicion but also convinced Mercedes to give her some of the life insurance money. She also comes second for longest running character, as she was there at the start and is there now but has had breaks and changed actor, unlike Tony.

  • Alpha Bitch
  • Black Widow: It's implied (although jokingly) that Alistair Longford's death whilst on honeymoon with Cindy may not have been an accident.
  • Cartwright Curse: Has a number of dead love interests in her past.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Her bipolar disorder causes her to have hallucinations of Rhys, whom she believes is not really dead and is asking her to run away to America with him.
  • Gold Digger: Mostly with Tony.
  • Love Triangle:
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Rhys were portrayed as this, with Rhys dying on the day he and Cindy were due to run away together after her wedding.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Holly was born when Cindy was only 16
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes generally calmer and kinder after the fallout from Browning's death and after settling down with Dirk.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Many times, including having an affair with Rhys Ashworth while she was married to Tony, and sleeping with Dr Browning when he was married to Mercedes.

Holly Cunningham

Duration:1997–2001, 2002, 2004, 2008–10, 2012–

Portrayed by: Karis Sharkey (1997–2004) Lydia Waters (2008-10) Wallis Day (2012–13) Amanda Clapham (2013–)

Cindy's teenage daughter. She spent a period of time in Spain and in a Swiss boarding school during her youth. Major stories come from her shaky relationship with her mother and romance with Callum Kane, then Jason Roscoe after Callum dies.

Tom Cunningham (Osborne by adoption)

Duration:1999-

Portrayed by: Ellis Hollins

Born on "Millennium Eve" and Cindy's half-brother (therefore making him Holly's uncle whilst younger than her). His storylines are mostly bad things happening to him, although he manages to stay incredibly jovial throughout it all. In April 2014 he and Peri get together and he manages to convince her to have surgery to get rid of her brain tumor.

  • Doom Magnet: The poor kid has been through so much in his short life, and what's more is that no-one ever seems to believe him when someone actually is evil (Claire and Sienna spring to mind) or when Tom himself or someone needs help. You'd think people would have learned by now. To date;
    • His parents died in a car accident when he was young.
    • His niece Grace died of S.I.D.S.
    • His big brother and father figure Max died saving him from being hit by a car.
    • His sister-in-law and mother figure Steph suffered from terminal cancer, and chose to die painfully in a fire instead.
    • Yet another big brother figure, Gilly, was accused of rape and forced to leave the village.
    • His sister of sorts Esther tried to commit suicide after being harshly bullied, during which Tom was the only one on her side.
    • His current big brother figure Darren thinks of him as nothing more than a pervert due to Sienna's lies.
    • Sienna kidnapped Tom, informed him he was to blame for the 2013 explosion that took several lives, and then went one step further and informed him that Darren had died too.
    • Invoked by Clare, who used it to get Tom to want to go into a foster home rather than live with Max.
    • It also seems no coincidence that he returned back into focus just in time for the Bus Crash Wedding. And for the 2013 explosion.
    • Invoked then averted with his obvious crush on Peri and her wanting to run away after finding out about her brain tumor cancelling each other out. She reciprocates and he convinces her to have the surgery.
  • The Pollyanna: He remains perennially cheerful and upbeat, despite all the continuous family tragedy and misfortune occurring all around him. It's gotten to the point where most fictional supervillains don't have backstories as tragic as he does!

Max Cunningham

Duration: 1995–2008

Portrayed by: Ben Sheriff (1995–96), Matt Littler (1996–2008)

Cindy and Tom's brother and one of the original members of the cast. Best known for his antics with best friend Sam "OB" O'Brien, but also stepped into the role of adoptive parent to Tom and had several different romances, including with the evil Clare Devine. Tragically killed by a car on his wedding day to Steph.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Known to turn on others when provoked. Among others, he's tried to kill Clare for harming Tom; and attacked a man rumoured to be a paedophile.
  • Doom Magnet: Almost as much as Tom. In addition to losing his parents and niece, his sister died from leukaemia, his stepbrother committed suicide, and two of his close friends were killed in a potholing accident.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Had a heart attack after taking cocaine just once.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With OB.
  • Honest John's Dealership: He and OB were involved in a few rather ... questionable money-making schemes.
  • Love Triangle: Initially with Clare and OB, but Clare chose him.
  • Promoted to Parent: Became Tom's adoptive parent after their father and stepmother were killed.
  • Taking the Bullet: He dies after jumping in front of a speeding car to save Tom.

Dawn Cunningham

Duration:1995—1997

Portrayed by: Lisa Williamson

The oldest of the original Cunningham children. Had a baby with Jack Osborne while still at school, and searched for (but was never able to find) her daughter, who had been put up for adoption. She was the love of Jambo Bolton's life but died tragically from leukaemia before they could marry.

Jude Windsor-Davenport (née Cunningham)

Duration:1996—1998, 2016 —

Portrayed by: Davinia Taylor

Second-oldest of the original Cunningham children. Known for her "colourful" lifestyle and romances, descending into alcoholism and falling on hard times after Dawn died.

  • Blackmail: Tried to blackmail Jack with her knowledge of his affair with Dawn.
  • Broken Bird
  • ConWoman: Commits many such schemes over her time in the show, eventually getting involved in more serious crime to repay her debts to gangster Benny; leading to her eventual departure. Almost 20 years later, she's still exactly the same and pulling a property scam upon her return to the village.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She steals the deceased Dawn's passport and tries to pose as her in order to leave the country.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Initially, until she becomes a full-blown ...
  • Lad Ette
  • Put on a Bus: Forced to go on the run after being put in the frame for a crime.
  • Really Gets Around

     Lomax (Hay, Campbell) 

Ste McQueen (né Hay)

Duration:2006—

Potrayed by: Kieron Richardson

Present before the other members of the family, as he wasn't initially known to be part of it. He started off as a typical "bad boy" but then matured as he got with Amy and had a child (as well as believing Amy's other child was his for a while). His storylines involved domestic abuse, both from him to Amy then from Brendan to him after figuring out that he was gay and more recently him finding Danny, his real father after almost hooking up with him. He was in a civil partnership with Doug Carter for a while before he died in the explosion and his children are Leah (who Amy initially claimed was his, although he adopted her later) and Lucas (who is his), who swap between being and not being on the show as to whether they're staying with Ste or Amy.

  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': He cheats on John Paul twice during moments of great stress at the height of his drug addiction. The first time (with Sinead) leads to her getting pregnant, and almost destroys his marriage to John Paul when she chooses to reveal this publicly at their wedding reception. The second time (a random hookup with a guy who reminded him of Doug) causes him to contract HIV.
  • Coming-Out Story: When he discovered he was gay, although he already had a child. He fits neither Straight Gay nor Camp Gay, although he tends towards the former.
  • Domestic Abuse: He was violent to Amy during their relationship and later abused himself by Brendan.
  • Drugs Are Bad: His cocaine addiction spirals out of control, causing him to steal, burgle The Hutch, wind up in hospital from a near-overdose, and neglect John Paul during Finn O'Connor's trial for rape.
  • It's All About Me
  • Last Het Romance: With Amy, the mother of his children. Comes up again when he tries to have a serious relationship with Sinead because they have a child together; but he is unable to stay faithful and ends up cheating on her with Harry.
  • Love Martyr: For Brendan.
  • Papa Wolf: He'll got to great lengths to protect Leah and Lucas, especially trying to keep them separate from his involvement with Fraser.
  • Punny Name: Takes John Paul's name after their marriage, in what the actor admitted was a deliberate homage to Steve McQueen.
  • Secret Keeper: He's the only person who knows that Cheryl murdered her and Brendan's father.

Danny Lomax

Duration: 2013—2014

Potrayed by: Stephen Billington

The father of the Lomax family, as well as Ste. He teaches at Hollyoaks High and his stories have mostly revolved around his affairs, mostly with John Paul. At one point he also almost hooked up with Ste. While John Paul dumps him, being uncomfortable with the situation and he's eventually found out, this doesn't really change much.

  • Karma Houdini: He cheats on Sam and tries to convince Peri that she was hallucinating when she saw him kiss John Paul. Everyone involved forgives him as soon as other characters come into focus.
  • No Bisexuals: An aversion.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Sam with John Paul, until John Paul broke up with him.

Sam Lomax

Duration: 2013—2014

Portrayed by: Lizzie Roper

The mother of the Lomax girls and one of the few police officers who have an established character. She has recently shown a bit of a vigilante streak, using her job to get around the boundaries of the law, most notably in eventually helping cover up Dr Browning's murder.

  • Cowboy Cop: Not to the point of physical violence but this is definitely her philosophy. Although she recognises that she isn't going to get anyone prosecuted without proper evidence, she seems frustrated at this. She is eventually revealed to have got Peri's birth father, Cameron, jailed for a murder he didn't commit in order to keep him away from her family.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Freddie Roscoe frames her for Fraser Black's murder after she and Danny are killed in a hit-and-run car crash.
  • Mama Bear: She's very protective about her daughters and, although she heavily disapproves of the fact that Tegan had sex with Fraser, her granddaughter Rose. She even breaks police protocol to protect Ste, her husband's illegitimate son.

Tegan Lomax

Duration: 2013—

Portrayed by: Jessica Ellis

One of the Lomax sisters. Within a very short time period of appearing on the show, she gave birth to her daughter Rose, having not realised she was pregnant. The father is Fraser, who is both a lot older, having been an adult knowing her as a young teenager, and a criminal. She was planning to run off with him but then he died. Later becomes part of a love triangle with Ziggy and Leela.

Leela Roscoe (née Lomax)

Duration: 2013—

Portrayed by: Kirsty-Leigh Porter

Another of the Lomax sisters. She is the only current firefighter with an established character, although she normally deals with less dramatic matters such as rescuing Ziggy from an outside windowsill. Many of her storylines revolve around love triangles, but she's also had to deal with finding out that her first love Cameron accidentally killed her parents.

  • Derailing Love Interests: Becomes nagging and demanding after her marriage to Ziggy, in order to reignite the Ziggy/Tegan romance.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: She's revealed as Peri's biological mother.
  • Life of the Party: While mostly offscreen, she's very quick to launch into a party.
  • Love Triangle: With Cameron and Ziggy, then Tegan and Ziggy.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Noted by fans for almost never being seen to go to her job.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is a firefighter and has shown herself to be considerably stronger than she looks.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Turns out to have given birth to Peri at age 14.
  • The Tease: She doesn't show much interest in an actual relationship but she really likes flirting and at one point accepts a bet as to who can get the most phone numbers in one night (she wins).

Peri Lomax

Duration: 2013—

Portrayed by: Ruby O'Donnell

The youngest Lomax sister, later revealed to actually be Leela's daughter. After hallucinating a ghost and an attempt at using one of Tom's cameras to see it resulting in her seeing her father and John Paul kissing, it is revealed that she has a brain tumour and she's scared to have it operated on until Tom convinces her. She got pregnant after sleeping with Tom, and plans to have the baby adopted despite his misgivings.

Cameron Campbell

Duration: 2014—

Portrayed by: Cameron Moore

Leela's ex-boyfriend and the father of Peri. He was sent to jail after Sam framed him for a murder committed during an armed robbery that he had taken part in. Cameron comes to Hollyoaks looking for Leela and his daughter, intent on getting back into their lives and taking revenge against Sam.

Lachlan "Lockie" Campbell

Duration: 2014—2016

Portrayed by: Nick Rhys

Cameron's brother, who arrives in Hollyoaks shortly before his wedding to Porsche McQueen. Involved in crime and drug dealing, and has an on-off flirtation with John Paul.

Courtney Campbell

Duration: 2016—

Portrayed by: Amy Conachan

Cameron and Lockie's cousin who arrives in town for the reading of their father's will. She soon wonders why Lockie hasn't shown up to claim his inheritance, and starts investigating his disappearance.

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Patrick Blake

Duration: 2012—2016

Portrayed by: Jeremy Sheffield

The headmaster of Hollyoaks High and father of Sienna Blake and Dodger Savage. He presents himself as a respectable pillar of the community but is incredibly manipulative and controlling.

  • Abusive Parents: Claims to have been abused by his mother. He himself abused and controlled Sienna for most of her life.
  • Dean Bitter Man
  • Disappeared Dad: Mentions that he was estranged from his father.
  • Domestic Abuse: Towards his girlfriend (later wife) Maxine Minniver, and did the same to his first wife Anna in the past.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted. He gives one to Maxine on their wedding day when he claims his mother abused him, which convinces Maxine to go through with the wedding ceremony; but she exposes his violence at the reception and leaves him, having realised that he probably made this story up and will never really change.
  • Green Eyes
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After realising Maxine truly loves him, he abandons his plan to commit suicide and frame her for murder - but then Nico murders him when she finds out he'd left a message for Ben naming her as Carly's killer.
  • Karma Houdini: Has managed to get away with pretty much everything he's done to Maxine and Sienna. Later subverted as he falls victim to ...
    • Laser-Guided Karma: He's diagnosed with terminal Motor Neurone Disease, meaning that he'll slowly lose control of his entire body; the worst possible fate for someone as obsessed with control as Patrick.
  • May–December Romance: He's in his early 50s, but has had relationships with Maxine (28) and Theresa (23.)
  • Papa Wolf: Has shown these tendencies towards his daughters and granddaughter, despite his abusive behaviour.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Vorpal Pillow: How he's murdered by Nico.
  • Wicked Cultured

Anna Blake

Duration: 2013

Portrayed by: Saskia Wickham

Ex-wife of Patrick Blake and Dirk Savage; mother of Sienna Blake and Dodger, Will and Liberty Savage. She arrives in the village intending to expose Patrick's past abuse of her, but turns out to have many skeletons in her own closet. She was murdered by her son Will.

Sienna Blake

Duration: 2012—

Portrayed by: Anna Passey

Patrick's mentally unstable daughter who becomes dangerously obsessed with Darren Osborne and later Dodger. She searches for the baby Patrick forced her to give up as a teenager and, after initially believing Peri Lomax to be her daughter, eventually traces her real daughter Nico.

  • Abusive Parents: Constantly abused by Patrick throughout her childhood.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Pulls this on Dodger after kidnapping him so they can have a "perfect family Christmas" together. Dodger tries to tell her that as twins they can't legally marry, but Sienna is too deluded to care.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She's done this to Patrick several times, though it's rarely effective.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards every man she's ever taken an interest in.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Once mowed down Patrick with her car in a failed murder attempt.
  • Green Eyes
  • The Kindnapper: She abducts Dodger and keeps him prisoner in a basement because she believes it's the only way for them to finally be a happy couple with their daughter.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Most of her relationships. Inverted with Ben Bradley, whose influence has actually made her much calmer and more grounded.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her obsession with Darren Osborne led her to fake a pregnancy, have his wife sectioned, and try to kill his children. When she switches her attentions to Dodger she puts Maxine in danger from Patrick, lies that Nico has cancer so Dodger won't leave the village, and even stabs him in the leg to force him to stay with her.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sienna" is an anagram of "insane".
  • The Ophelia: Often portrayed as such.
  • Separated at Birth: Her and Dodger.
  • Surprise Incest: With Dodger (whose identity she didn't know at the time), leading to the birth of Nico.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Gave birth to Nico at age 14.
  • The Baby Trap: Faked being pregnant with Darren's child in order to convince him to stay with her.
  • The Vamp
  • Would Hurt a Child: She tried to kill the Osborne children so Darren would be free to be with her.

Caroline "Nico" Blake

Duration: 2014—2016

Portrayed by: Persephone Swales-Dawson

Sienna's daughter, originally named Sophie, whom Patrick forced Sienna to give up. She arrives in the village looking for Sienna after finding out the truth about who her mother was.

  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally kills Carly Bradley while trying to protect Sienna. Subverted with Will's death: Nico thinks she accidentally killed him by pushing him off the hospital roof. He actually did not die from his injuries, and was instead murdered by Lindsey Butterfield.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She's tried to do this to both Patrick and Sienna, though neither listens to her.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Becomes this trope after she rapidly falls in love with / becomes obsessed with Peri.
  • Emo Teen
  • Enfante Terrible
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair became longer and blonder over the course of the show in direct proportion to her declining mental state.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She becomes more and more unhinged after accidentally killing Carly Bradley and then when Dylan dies.
  • Gene Hunting: How she found Sienna.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: After she tries to kill Peri, she is herself killed when Cameron starts a fire deliberately targeting Nico.
  • Ill Girl: After being injured in the train crash on Porsche and Lockie's wedding day, she suffers damage to one of her kidneys, which turns out to be her only functioning kidney (she had an undiagnosed kidney condition, possibly due to inbreeding) and she has to have a transplant.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: On several occasions she has failed to realize exactly how sinister some of Sienna's behaviour is.
  • In the Blood: She's suggested to have inherited Patrick's and Sienna's malevolence, but at a worse extent.
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • Love Makes You Evil: Showed some signs of this during her relationship with Dylan, but much more so with Peri.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Dylan's Feminine Boy. Lampshaded when they cross-dress as a joke to cheer up Peri before Leela's wedding.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Tried to poison Tom in order to destroy any chance of Peri ever wanting to go back to him.
  • Only Sane Man: Is usually this compared to Patrick and Sienna.
  • Serial Killer: She's now considered one by the show, having murdered Patrick and Trevor, accidentally killed Carly, and being thought to have killed Will Savage.
  • Tomboy

Maxine Blake (née Minniver)

Duration: 2012—

Portrayed by: Nikki Sanderson

Mitzeee Minniver's sister who arrives in the village after ending a romance in Spain. She later gets into an abusive relationship with Patrick, but falls for his son Dodger.

  • Con Woman: She was described as such by promotional material during her arrival on the show. Her initial backstory involved her having cheated her boyfriend out of his share of a bar they had owned together in Spain.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Had one after finding out the baby she was carrying was her abusive ex Warren's (and right after he'd been pressuring her for her access to the baby.)
  • Domestic Abuse: Her major storyline on the show involved her abusive relationship with Patrick, which was even the subject of a series of government PSAs.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. She has an abortion after an affair with Dodger (in an attempt to keep Patrick from finding out), and after getting pregnant again with Patrick's child considers another abortion so the child won't have to grow up with a violent father. The show is sympathetic to her on both occasions.
  • Love Father, Love Son: With Patrick and Dodger.
  • Mama Bear: Is finally convinced to leave Patrick when he rejects their unborn child after discovering the baby will be born with Down's Syndrome.
  • Marry for Love: When Patrick tries to win her back hours before their wedding, Maxine shows him a photo of her and Mitzeee playing at "princess weddings" when they were children; and declares that she will get married only if she believes the relationship is true love. Subverted when she goes through with the wedding because Patrick convinces her he does love her; only for him to revert to type at the reception, causing Maxine to walk out on him when she realises he will never change.
  • Never Learned to Read: Her romance with Patrick began when he discovered that she was illiterate, and started trying to teach her to read and write.
  • Repetitive Name: Names her daughter Minnie Minniver.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Played with during her wedding to Patrick, when she hesitates during the vows as she knows it is her last chance not to go through with this. She does decide to marry him, but leaves him during the reception when she realizes he's never going to change.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's now one of the most caring people on the show, despite having started off as a rather selfish and irresponsible person.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Initially introduced as estranged from Mitzeee after having run away with Mitzeee's fiancé. Later has an affair with Dodger while still together with Patrick.

Dirk Savage

Duration: 2012—

Portrayed by: David Kennedy

Anna Blake's second husband, father of Will and Liberty Savage and adoptive father of Dodger. Later gets together with Cindy Cunningham and steps into the role of father to her children.

  • Bumbling Dad: Sometimes cast in this role due to his general obliviousness.
  • Nice Guy: Generally presented as such. He's always there for his kids and later takes on a second family when he steps into the role of father to Cindy Cunningham's children.
  • Papa Wolf
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With S'Avage.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Cindy with his ex-girlfriend Myra while Cindy was hospitalized for her bipolar disorder.

Mark "Dodger" Savage

Duration: 2011—2015

Portrayed by: Danny Mac

Son of Patrick and Anna, later adopted by Dirk. A ladies' man whose storylines tend to be about romance and/or getting involved in a scheme to make money.

  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Will's Cain.
  • The Casanova
  • Chick Magnet: There will always be at least two or three women interested in him at any given time.
  • Con Man, Honest John's Dealership: His methods of making money are less than honest.
  • False Confession: In order to protect Nico, he falsely confesses to pushing Will off the hospital's roof. When Will is subsequently given a fatal overdose of morphine by the hospital killer, his death is officially registered as heart failure caused by his injuries from the fall; so Dodger is now on the run for murder.
  • Love Triangle: With Texas and Jodie, and Maxine and Theresa.
  • Mr. Fanservice
    • Shirtless Scene: frequently shirtless and sweaty, often for no apparent reason
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Put on a Bus: More specifically, put on a boat. He takes the blame for Nico pushing Will off the roof of the hospital, and escapes on a speedboat.
  • Separated at Birth: Him and Sienna.
  • Surprise Incest: He met and slept with Sienna when they were fourteen but didn't know who she was, inadvertently making him the father of Nico.

Will Savage

Duration: 2011—2013, 2015

Portrayed by: James Atherton

Dirk's son who goes from a socially awkward Nice Guy to a vengeful murderer and kills his mother and new wife Texas as well as attempting to murder several other people.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Dodger's Abel.
  • Face–Heel Turn
  • Hollywood Geek
  • If I Can't Have You...: He killed Texas because she told him she had never loved him and that she was going back to Dodger.
  • Karmic Death: While recovering in hospital, he tries to kill Cindy by injecting her with morphine - and then falls victim to the "Angel of Death" killer.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Threw himself downstairs to pretend Texas had pushed him and subsequently faked needing to use a wheelchair.
  • Sadistic Choice: Subverted. He tells Dodger that Maxine and Theresa are being held captive in two separate locations and that Dodger can save only one of them - but they are both in the same place.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Murdered his wife Texas on their wedding day and tried to kill his second fiancée, Ash Kane.
  • The Unfavorite: He saw himself this way, a reason for his eventual descent into evil.

Liberty Savage

Duration: 2010—2013

Portrayed by: Abi Phillips

Dirk and Anna's daughter, an aspiring singer. Famously involved in a plot to get revenge on Ethan Scott when she, Theresa and Rae realized he was dating them all at the same time.

  • The Cast Showoff: Abi Phillips was given the role of Liberty after Hollyoaks approached her about the rights to use some of her music in the show. Therefore, Liberty was made into a singer and often got the opportunity to perform.
  • Put on a Bus: Ends up going to the US to pursue her dream of becoming a pop star.
  • Woman Scorned: She did not take it well when she discovered Ethan was cheating on her with two of her friends.

Dennis Savage

Duration: 2011—2014

Portrayed by: Joe Tracini

Dirk's nephew, a cousin of the main Savages. Typically used for comic storylines but his on-off relationship with Leanne ended in tragedy when they married in hospital as she was dying of a brain injury.

  • Adorkable
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Has demonstrated this several times.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He's not happy that his father walked out on him, and doesn't hold back when Dr S'Avage returns.
  • Celebrity Lie: Subverted. A spin-off episode was based around Dennis trying to track down the musician Maverick Sabre (whom he's previously met) and convince Maverick to perform at the Savages' party; but no one will believe Dennis really does know Maverick.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Starts off as this towards both his major love interests, Leanne and Blessing.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After a lot of anguish, he finally gets a happy ending starting a new life in Blackpool with Blessing and a bag of stolen diamonds.
  • Nice Guy
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Second Love: Blessing is this for him after Leanne, his wife and first love, dies.

Dr Charles S'Avage

Duration: 2014 — 2015

Portrayed by: Andrew Greenough

Dirk's brother and Dennis's father. Estranged from his family, whom he abandoned in order to further his medical career. He arrives at the local hospital and takes charge of a team of young trainees.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: He's in love with Sienna, but she's made it very clear she wants to just be friends.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: S'Avage isn't always as jolly as he seems. He makes extremely transphobic remarks about Blessing, tries to ruin Darren's fledgling taxi business because Darren made him late for a meeting, and deliberately plies Mariam (an alcoholic) with booze to keep her from causing trouble for him.
  • He Knows Too Much: Murdered by Lindsey when he worked out that she was the Gloved Hand Killer.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes, though at other times not so innocently.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Appears to have one with Kim Butterfield.
  • Large Ham
  • Love Martyr: He risked jail and the end of his career for Sienna, agreeing to help her cover up Carly Bradley's death.
  • My Greatest Failure: His grief over the death of his wife led to him underperforming in his final exams, and he failed by 4%, meaning he couldn't legally qualify as a doctor. He chose to forge his qualifications and work as a doctor anyway, with the mistake making him more determined to save lives.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With the much more easygoing and unpretentious Dirk.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Changed the spelling of the family name to something he felt was more appropriate to the station of a doctor.
  • Upper-Class Twit

Mariam Andrews (formerly S'Avage)

Duration: 2013, 2015

Portrayed by: Helen Lederer

Introduced as a midwife who delivers Diane O'Connor's and Tegan Lomax's babies. It later emerges that she is responsible for switching their daughters at birth, and is S'Avage's ex-wife, with knowledge of a secret he wants kept private.

Nick Savage

Duration: 2016 —

Portrayed by: Ben-Ryan Davies

Dirk's nephew, who comes to live with him in order to study nursing at the local university.

  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Introduced for a major storyline which introduced the question of whether he had raped Ellie Nightingale, who was very drunk (and possibly too drunk to consent) at the time she had a one night stand with him.
  • Chick Magnet: Has not one but three women falling at his feet within a day of arriving in town.

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Liz Burton (formerly Taylor)

Duration: 2003 — 2006

Portrayed by: Andrée Bernard

Mother of the Burton family, who struggled to keep them together despite the many problems her children and stepchildren faced. Eventually left the village to start a new life after throwing out her cheating husband.

  • Estranged Soap Family: Ends up leaving her children behind in Hollyoaks because they don't want to move to a new town with her, and she doesn't return even after both her daughters are killed in The Dog in the Pond fire.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: After her divorce.
  • Punny Name: Was Liz Taylor for much of her time on the show.
  • Put on a Bus: Moves halfway across the country to start a new life after divorcing her husband.

Justin Burton

Duration: 2003 — 2009

Portrayed by: Chris Fountain

Angry, rebellious teenager who goes off the rails after discovering his late father had committed suicide (rather than dying from a heart attack as Justin initially believed.) He spiralled into drugs and crime and was falsely accused of murder, as well as having an infamous romance with his teacher Becca Dean.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Mel and Sophie.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Subverted. When he tries to tell the truth about who really killed Macki, no one believes him because they think he's pulling this trope.
  • Frame-Up: Was falsely blamed for Macki's murder since the real killer, Ali, was run over and killed by a car just moments later. Also framed for burning down The Loft, leading to him having to go on the run and leave the village forever.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Has to leave Hannah behind because he can't ask her to spend her life running from the law with him.
  • Jail Bait: Had Becca jailed by lying that they had sex while he was still underage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to finding out that he is indirectly responsible for Becca's death in prison.
  • The Stoner: Started off this way before escalating into hard drug abuse.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: With Becca.

Melanie "Mel" Burton

Duration: 2003 — 2006

Portrayed by: Cassie Powney

Justin's sister, twin sister to Sophie. Quieter and more introverted than Sophie. Storylines included her battle with alcoholism and being date-raped by Andy Holt, before finally dying in a fire at The Dog in the Pond.

Sophie Burton

Duration: 2003 — 2006

Portrayed by: Connie Powney

The popular and outgoing one of the Burton twins. Dated both Sam and Russ Owen but was unaware that Sam was Andy's accomplice in date-raping girls. Died in The Dog in the Pond fire along with Mel.

Darlene Taylor

Duration: 2003 — 2006

Portrayed by: Sarah Lawrence

The daughter of Liz's ex-husband Richard. Generally a moody, scheming, manipulative teenager who was antagonistic towards her stepfamily, but did show some signs of a conscience.

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Leo Valentine

Duration: 2006—2010

Portrayed by: Brian Bovell

The cheating, irresponsible father of the Valentine family.

  • Bumbling Dad
  • Disappeared Dad: Walked out on his children when they were young, but was forced to return to care for the family after Diane's death.
  • Flat Character: Never got any major storylines of his own and existed mostly to cause trouble for other characters.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had several affairs while married to Diane, one of which produced his illegitimate children Danny and Lauren.

Diane Valentine

Duration: 2006

Portrayed by: Pauline Black

The mother of the main Valentine children, whose run on the show was very short before she was run over and killed by Jake Dean.

Calvin Valentine

Duration: 2006—2010

Portrayed by: Ricky Whittle

The Valentines' oldest son, a police officer who was initially honest but became involved in drugs and crime after Sasha developed a drug addiction. He fell in love with Carmel McQueen but, after an affair with Theresa, was shot and killed by Theresa on his wedding day to Carmel.

Sonny Valentine

Duration: 2006—2007, 2014

Portrayed by: Devon Anderson (2006—2007), Aaron Fontaine (2014)

The Valentines' second son. He was initially an aggressive, bullying thug whom Calvin tried to keep on the straight and narrow. Later returned to Hollyoaks as a police officer with the intention of taking Calvin's daughter, Kathleen-Angel, away from the McQueen family; he became engaged to Carmel and tricked Theresa into confessing to Calvin's murder, leading to her being jailed. After making several attempts to take Kathleen-Angel for himself and trying to kill various members of the McQueen family, he was eventually killed in a train crash at Porsche's wedding when the carriage he and Carmel were in blew up.

  • The Alcoholic: He was apparently this during the time off-screen between his two runs on the show.
  • But Not Too Black
  • Cowboy Cop: Goes on to become one after Calvin's death.
  • Delinquent: Was initially this as a teenager.
  • Fair Cop
  • Hypocrite: Despised the McQueen sisters for their promiscuity despite having dated or slept with three of them (Carmel, Mercedes and Michaela.)
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After the McQueens almost kill him accidentally, he loses all traces of sanity and blackmails Phoebe, abducts Carmel and violently threatens her before sneaking onto the train at Porsche's wedding and trying to murder Theresa.
  • Put on a Bus: In his first departure from the show he was explained to have gone to live with an aunt in Scotland.
  • Same Character, but Different: When he returned to the show.

Sasha Valentine

Duration: 2006—2010

Portrayed by: Nathalie Emmanuel

Leo and Diane's daughter, best known for a storyline about her dramatic descent into drugs and prostitution.

Danny Valentine

Duration: 2007—2008

Portrayed by: David Judge

The illegitimate son of Leo and his long-term mistress Valerie. Arrived in Hollyoaks when his mother dumped him and his sister on Leo's doorstep so that she could go away on a holiday.

  • But Not Too Black
  • The Missus and the Ex: Happens when his ex Michelle returns looking for him, leading to conflict with his current girlfriend Hannah.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to discovering he had accidentally blocked a boiler he was supposed to fix, giving several people carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Put on a Bus: After having his heart broken when he believes Hannah had cheated on him, he leaves for Spain to try and track down his mother.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Justin and Katy Fox, trying several times to help Justin win her back.

Lauren Valentine

Duration: 2007—2010

Portrayed by: Dominique Jackson

Leo Valentine's illegitimate daughter and Danny's sister; the result of Leo's long affair with her mother Valerie. A moody, angst-ridden teenager who struggled to adjust to her stepfamily and had tumultuous relationships with various boys, most notably Newt.

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Sandy Roscoe

Duration: 2013—2014, 2015

Portrayed by: Gillian Taylforth

The mother of the Roscoe boys, who also later turns out to have been Darren Osborne's real mother. She married Fraser Black unaware that he was involved in serious organised crime. After Joe is jailed for Fraser's murder and she then discovers that Freddie is the real culprit, she chooses to leave town, unable to cope with the truth of what her sons have done.

  • Glamorous Single Mother
  • Mama Bear
  • Put on a Bus: Initially chooses to leave Hollyoaks to live with her sister. She does make a brief return after her grandson is born, but is then put on another bus when she moves to Canada to live with her new boyfriend.
  • RetCon: It's revealed that she is secretly Darren's birth mother, having had an affair with Jack many years ago (the show had previously established that Jack's ex-wife Celia was Darren's mother.)

Joe Roscoe

Duration: 2013—2016

Portrayed by: Ayden Callaghan

The oldest of the Roscoe siblings, who stepped into the role of father to his brothers after the death of their own father. Runs the local garage, Roscoes' Motor Maintenance. He is devoted to his family and fiancée Lindsey, but described as having "a dark side"

  • Big Brother Instinct
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Freddie's Cain.
  • Disney Villain Death: Non-villainous example when, while stuck at the top of a fairground ride, he falls to his death as he's being rescued.
  • Frame-Up: Was framed by Freddie for Fraser's murder.
  • Love Triangle: With Freddie and Lindsey, though he's unaware of it.
  • Never Found the Body: Was believed to have been killed by Grace, but his body was never found, and it was later discovered that he'd been in a coma with Grace hiding him at the hospital in case he woke up and tried to tell anyone the truth.
  • Promoted to Parent
  • Your Cheating Heart: Slept with Kim while engaged to Lindsey, although it turns out Kim tricked him into thinking she was Lindsey.

Freddie Roscoe

Duration: 2013—

Portrayed by: Charlie Clapham

The second Roscoe brother. Involved in organised crime with Fraser Black and, later, Trevor Royle; he murdered Fraser to protect his mother, Sandy. While Joe was believed dead, he began an affair with Joe's fiancée Lindsey, leading to the failure of his marriage to Sinead O'Connor and later to him believing that Lindsey's son, Joe Junior, might be his.

David "Ziggy" Roscoe

Duration: 2013—2015

Portrayed by: Fabrizio Santino

The middle Roscoe brother, popular with women and known for falling in and out of love very quickly. His storylines usually focus around his romances, initially with Ruby Button and later with Leela and Tegan Lomax. Died from a brain haemorrhage, having hit his head while protecting Leela from a gas explosion caused by Cameron.

Robbie Roscoe

Duration: 2013—2016

Portrayed by: Charlie Wernham

Jason's twin, one of the two youngest of the Roscoe boys. Started off as a delinquent who would often team up with Finn O'Connor, but became determined to take Finn down on discovering Finn had raped their teacher John Paul. Other storylines included his romance with Phoebe McQueen, attraction to Nancy Osborne, trying to pass his school leaving exams, and a love triangle with Jason and Holly.

Jason Roscoe

Duration: 2013—2016

Portrayed by: Alfie Browne-Sykes

Robbie's twin brother and one of the two youngest Roscoes. Generally the calmest and most moral of the family. Has had a tumultuous on-off relationship with Holly Cunningham as well as developing a steroid addiction and body dysmorphia.

  • Cowboy Cop: He doesn't want to be one, but finds himself forced to break the rules after being manipulated by Robbie and Ben.
  • Fair Cop: He's very young to be a police officer, having only just left school.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's the only blond of the Roscoe brothers and, correspondingly, is calmer and gentler than the others.
  • Ill Boy: His diabetes has caused him serious health problems.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation
  • Love Triangle: With Cindy and Holly, then Robbie and Holly.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Him and Robbie.
  • Put on a Bus: He and Robbie move to South Africa to join Sandy.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Robbie's Manly Man.
  • Weight Woe: Believes himself to be overweight, causing him to develop a fixation with working out that spirals into body dysmorphia and an eating disorder.
  • White Sheep: Is usually more moral than the rest of the family. He eventually joins the police, putting his brothers' criminal schemes at risk.

Rick Spencer

Duration: 2014—2015

Portrayed by: Victor Gardener

Robbie and Jason Roscoe's father who reappears in the village after having abandoned his twin sons many years previously. His brief affair with Nancy Osborne led to the break-up of her marriage to Darren. After arguing with his family on New Year's Eve, Joe punches Rick and he is taken to hospital, where he becomes the first victim of the "Angel of Death" killer.

Lindsey Roscoe (née Butterfield)

Duration: 2012—

Portrayed by: Sophie Austin

A doctor at Dee Valley Hospital, initially Joe's fiancée. She bears a striking resemblance to the late Lynsey Nolan, causing Lynsey's killer Dr Browning to begin slowly losing his sanity. Together with her friends Cindy and Mercedes, she helped to cover up Browning's murder. Later, when Joe was believed dead, she began an affair with Freddie and could not be sure which of the two was her son's father. It turned out to be Joe, although she left him anyway and married Freddie. Is later revealed to be the "Gloved Hand" killer.

  • Daddy DNA Test: Has one to resolve the paternity of Joe Junior. Joe is the father.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It turns out that she was responsible for pushing her sister Kath into a pond when they were children, causing Kath to suffer serious brain damage from being underwater too long.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Mercedes and Cindy after they take part in and cover up Browning's murder.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible Sibling to Kim's Foolish Sibling.
  • Hospital Hottie
  • Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: She loses control and commits her first murder after her affair with Freddie comes out, but begins to seriously lose her grip on reality when she thinks she's killed Freddie.
  • Love Triangle: With Joe and Freddie, Freddie and Sinead, and Joe and Mercedes.
  • My Greatest Failure: Responsible for misdiagnosing Sinead's daughter Katy, who consequently died from a heart condition. This leads to Lindsey being fired from Dee Valley Hospital and she becomes a lot more serious about getting her life back on track.
  • Serial Killer: Is revealed as the "Gloved Hand" killer after attempting to murder Freddie. So far she's murdered eight people.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Is deliberately very similar in name and appearance to Lynsey Nolan, which causes Browning's Sanity Slippage as he begins to see her as Lynsey.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her involvement with Freddie causes her to become openly callous towards Joe, show little interest in her own son (after finding out Joe is his father), and even have a witness in the Mercedes case beaten up to force her to retract her statement to the police.
  • Your Cheating Heart

Kim Butterfield

Duration: 2014—

Portrayed by: Daisy Wood-Davies

Lindsey's younger sister, a nurse who works at the same hospital. Introduced during the "Hollyoaks Hospital Siege" when gangster Big Bob held up the hospital at gunpoint. Romantically involved with Esther, but becomes obsessed with Grace Black, and it emerges that Kim has a history of stalking.

     Hutchinson (O'Connor, Drinkwell, Thompson) 

Tony Hutchinson

Duration: 1995—

Portrayed by: Nick Pickard

The longest-running character on the show, Tony has often made his mark by owning various businesses in the village and embarking on various romances and affairs.

  • Bumbling Dad: Averted. Often has an awkward time connecting with his long-lost son Harry, but has shown himself to be a loyal and loving father when it counts.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ste, though this friendship was complicated by Ste's drug abuse and romantic relationship with Harry.
  • Only Sane Man: When contrasted with his pals Ste Hay and Darren Osborne.
  • Overprotective Dad: Heavily disapproved (with good reason) Harry's relationship with known drug addict & n'er-do-well Ste.
  • Really Gets Around: During his early days on the show. He was once noted for sleeping with 15 women during a "lads' holiday" to Ibiza.
  • Runaway Groom: Subverted - he plans to do this with Julie, only for her to ditch him at the altar first.

Harry Thompson

Duration: 2007—2009, 2013, 2015-

Portrayed by: Daniel Seymour (2007-09), Harrison George Rhodes (2009), Parry Glasspool (2013-)

Tony's son with Tessie Thompson.

  • Forced Out of the Closet: Was outed to the whole village during Pride.
  • Likes Older Men: All of his relationships so far have been with men inappropriately older than him. He shared a kiss with his teacher John Paul, a long-term relationship with Ste Has who has three children, and has had an on-again-off-again affair with James Nightingale, who is even older than the previous two!
  • Lovable Jock
  • May–December Romance: While his relationship with Ste (in his mid-20s, while Harry is 18) doesn't technically fit this trope, the show and other characters certainly portray it as such - especially because, at the time of them first getting together, Harry was still at school and Ste's husband was his teacher.
Also kissed his teacher.Has repeatedly had sex and appears to now be beginning an affair with James Nightingale, a lawyer in his thirties. Harry's type appears to be older men.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Often appears sans shirt.
  • Nice Guy: In harsh contrast with his boyfriend Ste, Harry ultimately tries to always make the right decisions to help the ones he loves.
  • Oblivious to Love. Largely oblivious to the romantic feelings James Nightingale had developed for him, despite James having helped him multiple times and risked how one livelihood for him.
  • Straight Gay
  • The Oldest Profession
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Ste repeatedly as a prostitute. Vows to stop sleeping with men for money, but ends up starting an affair with James Nightingale.

Diane O'Connor

Duration: 2010—

Portrayed by: Alex Fletcher

Adoptive mother (although technically the stepmother) of Sinead and Finn O'Connor. Falls in love with Tony Hutchinson after discovering him to be her forgotten first love as a child. After many efforts to have a baby, she finally has twins, but is unaware that her daughter was accidentally switched in the hospital with Tegan Lomax's.

  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Tony was hers.
  • The Kindnapper: Was so desperate to have her own baby that she tried to abduct one from the hospital, believing the baby would be in better hands with her.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Diane struggles to have a baby and goes through many rounds of IVF, then gets pregnant with twins just when she least expects it.
  • Mama Bear
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction when Finn is sent to jail after she retracts the false alibi she gave him.
  • My Greatest Failure: Did not believe Sinead that Katy was seriously ill, which led to Katy's death from an undiagnosed heart condition.
  • Put on a Bus: When the actress went on maternity leave, Diane was written out by leaving to take up a job in France.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Diane absolutely refuses to believe that Finn could have been guilty of raping John Paul, and continues to defend him (even being prepared to lie in court for him) even as the truth is staring her in the face.
  • Switched at Birth: Her daughter Dee Dee is really Tegan Lomax's baby who was switched in the hospital.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: She got together with Sinead and Finn's father when she was just fifteen years old and he was her teacher at school.
  • Woman Scorned: She learns of Tony's affair with Sinead just hours before her wedding to Tony, but goes through with it in the intention of being able to divorce him and take all his money.

Sinead O'Connor (formerly Roscoe)

Duration: 2010—2015, 2018

Portrayed by: Stephanie Davis

Diane's rebellious teenage daughter. She had a long relationship with Bart McQueen and ran away from home to be with him, but ended up cheating on him with Rhys Ashworth and had her daughter Katy, who later died from an undiagnosed heart condition. She went on to have a brief marriage to Freddie Roscoe, an affair with Tony (bringing an end to his relationship with Diane), and get pregnant with her second child after a drunken one night stand with her best friend Ste.

  • Alpha Bitch: Introduced as being one of these at Hollyoaks High.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Cheating on her boyfriend Bart just once leads to an accidental pregnancy for which she is ill-prepared. Having a drunken one-night-stand with Ste leads to another accidental pregnancy that comes at the worst possible time. She is also the only one to be expelled from school for bullying Esther.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one believes Sinead that her daughter Katy is seriously ill - until Katy dies suddenly.
  • Easily Forgiven: Sinead bullied Esther for months on end and almost drove her to suicide, but Esther forgives her and they remain close friends.
  • Emo Teen
  • Happily Adopted: Diane is her adoptive mother (and pretty much the only parent Sinead has ever known.) They have a very strong bond that even survives Sinead's affair with Tony.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Falls in love with Ste despite him being gay (and already married to another man.)
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: She suffered from child leukaemia and her brother was conceived so that he would be able to donate bone marrow for her.
  • Love Triangle: With Bart and Jason, later with Freddie and Lindsey, then with Ste and John Paul.
  • Mama Bear
  • Punny Name: Shares a name with a certain well-known Irish pop singer.
  • Put on a Bus: After discovering from text messages that Ste has cheated on her, she angrily gulps down a glass of wine and storms out of the house, with Ste subsequently informed that she has left town and taken their daughter with her.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Revenge Before Reason: So desperate for revenge on Diane over Katy's death that she sets out to seduce Tony without thinking of the consequences.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She's around 16-17 when she has her daughter Katy.
  • The Vamp
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Bart with Rhys, and on Freddie with his own brother the night before their wedding. When she returned in 2018, she immediately cheated on her new husband with Sami.

Finn O'Connor

Duration: 2010—2011, 2013—2015

Portrayed by: Connor Wilkinson (2010-2011) Keith Rice (2013-2015)

Sinead's brother, conceived in order to be able to donate bone marrow for her. Had a child with his girlfriend Amber Sharpe when they were just twelve years old, and left Hollyoaks to live with his father before returning in 2013. He began a vicious campaign of homophobic bullying against John Paul and eventually raped him, for which Finn was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to jail.

  • Devil in Plain Sight
  • Face–Heel Turn: Finn is initially introduced as just a moody pre-teen boy, who demonstrates normal rebelliousness for his age but isn't actively malicious. When he returns after a couple of years off the show, he's become a violent bully and sex offender.
  • Karma Houdini: Ultimately averted when he is jailed for the rape of John Paul and attempted rape of Nancy, though he did escape punishment for a long time, and was never caught for beating Blessing (since Diane deleted the incriminating footage.)
  • Put on a Bus: Left the show for a couple of years on the premise of having gone to live with his father.
  • Smug Snake
  • Teen Pregnancy: He had a child with Amber Sharpe when they were just twelve years old.

Scott Drinkwell

Duration: 2015—

Portrayed by: Ross Adams

Diane's nephew, who is close to his cousin Sinead and determined to make sure she stays happy. He works at Hollyoaks High as Patrick Blake's secretary.

  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite being silly and OTT, he's very conniving.
  • Camp Gay
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Depraved Homosexual: He takes his flirting with John Paul way too far initially, and is prepared to ruin others' lives for Sinead's sake.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Becomes this for John Paul. They did get together for a short time, but then John Paul left him for James, and Scott went back to this trope.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Sinead.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced with the premise that he and Sinead have always been very close; even though up until this point he had never been mentioned before.
  • Shipper on Deck: After Sinead tells him she's falling for Ste, Scott becomes this trope, and schemes to break up Ste's marriage so Ste is free for Sinead.

     Brady 

Brendan Brady

Duration: 2010—2013

Portrayed by: Emmett J. Scanlan

Charming but dangerous criminal who followed his sister Cheryl to Hollyoaks. His major storylines included being forced to confront his homosexuality after falling in love with Ste; a domestic abuse storyline and love triangle also involving Ste; and his long-standing antagonism with Simon Walker, culminating in him pushing Walker under a train. The law finally caught up with Brendan and he was captured by police, also taking the blame for Cheryl murdering their father.

  • Anti-Hero
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Initially.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is insanely protective over Cheryl, to the point where she’s hardly even aware he’s a bad guy. It's even implied that he would at times purposefully misbehave as a kid to get his Dads attention, just to make sure he stayed away from Cheryl.
  • Big Eater
  • Berserk Button: Never mention Brendan's sexuality, or his father, and never threaten Ste in front of him.
  • Breakout Character: A large amount of the active fandom is stilll devoted to this character, despite him having left the show 3 years ago.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Toward Ste.
  • Dating Catwoman: He and Walker had an affair despite being mortal enemies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Outside of his past as a criminal, he was also resposible for paralising his friend in a car acciedent when he tried to kill himself and he was sexually abused by his father as a young child.
  • Domestic Abuse: He was physically abusive to Ste.
  • Driven to Suicide: One of his old school friends revealed the reason he’s paralysed is because Brendan attempted to come onto him and was so ashamed of this, that he tried to flee in his car as his friend got in the passenger seat, but he ended up crashing it. He implies the reason Brendan did this was to kill himself.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He’s very loud mouthed and appeares quite Hot-Blooded initially.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Or Grandmothers in this case. It all goes down hill though when he finds out she knew about his fathers abuse the whole time and never tried to stop it.
  • Freudian Excuse: Was abused by his father for many years.
  • Gaynst: His issues with his sexuality stem from his Catholicism, and his childhood abuse at the hands of his father.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Never completly took hold, but after we start finding out the truth about his childhood, he becomes more of a tortured Anti-Hero.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The man is a serial killer, but his run on Hollyoaks latter showed that underneath all that anger is one deeply scared little boy.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: To Cheryl.
  • Love Triangle: With Ste and Doug.
  • Noble Demon: He may be a drug dealer and a serial killer, but he’s also a devout Catholic, and he’s got some pretty strict rules about hurting women and children.
  • Papa Wolf: To Declan.
  • Porn Stache: Of the outdated handlebar variety
  • Rape as Backstory: was repeatedly molested by his father at a young age.
  • Raised Catholic: And still a big believer, though he has problems rectifying his sexuality with his faith.
  • Serial Killer: Given the show's definition of a serial killer as someone who has murdered at least three people, Brendan counts.
  • Straight Gay: He’s even married with 2 kids!
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Tragic Keepsake: Sort of. He used to recite his 8 times tables in his head while his dad molested him and he tells Mitzeee that he got really good at his 8 times tables.
  • Tranquil Fury: The time to be really afraid of Brendan is not when he’s screaming at you, its when he goes dead quite.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Ends up getting him into trouble a few times, but he has strict rules about men hitting women.

Cheryl Tenbury-Newent (née Brady)

Duration: 2008, 2009—2013

Portrayed by: Bronagh Waugh

Brendan's sister. Owned The Loft, which was renamed "Chez Chez" after her. Best friends with the doomed Lynsey Nolan, and was usually caught up in Brendan's schemes as well. Cheryl idolized her father but ended up killing him after finding out from a taped confession that he had sexually abused Brendan as a child. Brendan eventually takes the blame for the murder and Cheryl gets a happy ending, marrying her boyfriend Nate and moving back to Ireland with him.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She shoots and kills her father after discovering from a videotaped confession that he had sexually abused Brendan.
  • Born Lucky: Cheryl wins £100,000 on a lottery scratchcard, is randomly selected from the general public for an invitation to Prince William's wedding, marries millionaire Nate, and Brendan takes the blame for her murdering their father so that Cheryl can live a new life.
  • Daddy's Girl: Initially.
  • The Ditz
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Everyone Loves Blondes
  • Iconic Item: Her giant "OMG" necklace.
  • Oireland
  • Pun-Based Title: Renamed The Loft to "Chez Chez" (Chez being her own nickname.)
  • Really Gets Around
  • Riding into the Sunset: Ends up driving into the sunset as she leaves the village with Nate.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Many of Cheryl's storylines followed her ill-fated attempts to find love, often with disastrous results.
  • Take Up My Sword: A variant of this happens when she inherits Steph Cunningham's beloved ballet shoes.
  • Weight Woe: Often battled with her weight, at one point resulting in her almost dying after Silas Blissett switches her diet pills with sedatives.
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite her good intentions, she was not a reliable friend to Lynsey Nolan, and let down Lynsey many times when she most needed Cheryl's help.

Declan Brady

Duration: 2011—2012

Portrayed by: Jay Duffy

Brendan's son with his ex-wife. Had a shaky relationship with Brendan and wanted the same kind of "respect" afforded to his father, causing him to get involved in crime and run up drug debts. He was kidnapped by Brendan's enemy Walker, who wanted to kill Declan with a drug overdose (as Walker's brother had died after overdosing on drugs bought from Brendan) but was saved in time.

     Black (Devine, Royle, Jenkins) 

Clare Devine (née Black, previously Cunningham)

Duration: 2005—2013

Portrayed by: Samantha Rowley (2005-2006) Gemma Bissix (2006-2013)

Initially introduced as a sexy new arrival to the village, who is hired by Max and OB as a manager at their bar. She went on to become one of the show's most loved bitch/villain characters and got on the wrong side of almost everyone in the village, before finally dying when serial killer Dr. Browning runs her over in his car.

Fraser Black

Duration: 2013—2014

Portrayed by: Jesse Birdsall

Clare's father, introduced as a love interest for Sandy Roscoe. It later turned out he was a criminal and Trevor Royle's boss. He was involved in several criminal schemes and also had an affair with Tegan Lomax, before being murdered by Freddie Roscoe, who feared for Sandy's safety with Fraser.

Grace Black

Duration: 2013—

Portrayed by: Tamara Wall

Fraser's daughter and Clare's sister. She comes to town looking for justice for Clare and initially works alongside Fraser, trying to prove herself useful in his "business." Almost killed Joe Roscoe by crashing a wrecking ball into a building when he was inside it, and subsequently hid him away in a hospital so he couldn't tell anyone what really happened. After Fraser's death, she becomes a much more sympathetic character and her storylines shift to focus on her family life with Trevor and their plan for Esther to have a surrogate baby for them (though Grace is still involved in occasional criminal activity.)

  • Bi the Way
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Grace becoming a more warm, open and funny character coincides with her getting a weave and new wavy hairstyle. She loses this in jail (due to her cellmate pouring Grace's shampoo down the sink) just as she starts slipping back into criminality.
  • Frame-Up: Freddie successfully sets her up for Mercedes's murder. Grace can't reveal that Mercedes is alive, as it would expose their own plan to get Freddie jailed for the murder.
  • Girliness Upgrade
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Desperately wanted a baby, but was unable to have one due to her organs being damaged in a shooting.
  • Mr. Muffykins: Her beloved chihuahua Brutus.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Started off as this for Clare, though she has since developed away from this.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While she was initially pretty much a Clare replacement, her character has evolved to showcase more of the actress's comedy skills and to give Grace more sympathetic plots such as her desire for a baby.
  • The Unfavorite: Fraser apparently favoured Clare over her when they were children.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: When first introduced, she was desperate to win Fraser's approval by showing herself to be just as ruthless as he was.
  • You Killed My Father: Schemes for revenge against Freddie after learning that he murdered Fraser.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Trevor with Kim while in jail with her.

Trevor Royle

Duration: 2013—2016

Portrayed by: Greg Wood

A gangster involved in many criminal rackets around Hollyoaks. Later revealed to be working for Fraser, whom he tried to kill after learning that Fraser had murdered Trevor's father. Fell in love with Grace and, like her, has gradually become a more sympathetic character with more storylines based around their family.

Dylan Jenkins

Duration: 2015

Portrayed by: James Fletcher

Trevor's emo-styled teenage son, who turns up in Hollyoaks looking for his long-lost dad. His storylines have included a romance with Nico Blake, bullying at school, and discovering that he enjoys cross-dressing.

     Loveday 

Simone Loveday

Duration: 2015—

Portrayed by: Jacqueline Boatswain

The mother of the Loveday family. She takes over Price Slice after moving to Hollyoaks for a fresh start. It emerges that she is hiding a secret surrounding the disappearance of her daughter.

  • The Alcoholic: The stress over Lisa's return and the departure of Sonia cause her to start drinking heavily. Exploited by Joanne who uses this to try and get Simone out of the picture so Joanne can get back together with Louis.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Tell me I'm wrong!"
  • Cold Ham
  • Happily Married: Most of the time, especially in comparison to other couples on this show.
  • Hidden Depths: As well as being a successful businesswoman, it turns out she's also the author of a bestselling romance novel.
  • Mama Bear: Towards Zack and Lisa.
  • My Greatest Failure: Her daughter was kidnapped because Simone was late to pick her up after taking a business call.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She and Cindy Cunningham are this to each other.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality

Louis Loveday

Duration: 2015—

Portrayed by: Karl Collins

Simone's husband and Zack's father, who is hired as deputy headmaster at Hollyoaks High.

Zack Loveday

Duration: 2015—

Portrayed by: Duayne Boachie

The Lovedays' teenage son.

Sonia Albright

Duration: 2015—2016

Portrayed by: Kiza Deen

A troubled young woman from the streets who pretends to be the missing Lisa Loveday in a scheme with her boyfriend Wayne. Her cover is blown not long after she embarks on a romantic relationship with her false brother, Zack.

  • Becoming the Mask: Sonia chose to stay with the Lovedays rather than return to Wayne. Although she's not their real daughter, she claims that she's grown to love them; and has tried to protect them from Wayne.
  • Con Woman: She and Wayne scheme to scam the Lovedays out of £6000, though the money ends up in the hands of Robbie Roscoe, who returns it to them after finding out where it came from.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Lisa went missing when she was five years old and was never seen again until now. Because the Lovedays trust her enough not to request a DNA test, it's difficult for them or the police to know whether her story is true.
  • Cover Identity Anomaly: "Lisa" doesn't have a birthmark that she had as a child; causing Simone to become suspicious of her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It turns out that she was violently abused by her stepmother, ran away, was homeless for several years, and then worked as a prostitute for her drug dealer/boyfriend Wayne.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She posed as Lisa Loveday, and was unaware at the time whether Lisa was still alive or not.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her dad walked out on the family due to his drink problem. Subverted when he ultimately comes back and asks Sonia to move in with him.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: She desperately wants a family to care for her.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Sonia met the real Lisa in the past, and decided that she wanted Lisa's "perfect" life for herself. She even took notes so that she'd be able to impersonate Lisa.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Her and Zack.
  • Put on a Bus: Moves to Belgium to be with her father and new stepfamily.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Gives one of these when Simone begins questioning Lisa's real identity.
  • Tomboy

Lisa Loveday

Duration: 2016—

Portrayed by: Rachel Adedeji

The real Lisa Loveday, who was taken from her real family as a small child. Recent events saw her returning to her real family.

Martine Devereaux

Duration: 2018—

Portrayed by: Kelle Bryan

Simone's sister, a glamorous flight attendant.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She's not happy to discover that Louis hasn't told Leela about their marriage.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Had one with Louis after they began a relationship whilst overseas together.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: An outgoing party girl very different in personality from Simone.

     Dean 

John "Johnno" Dean

Duration: 2002—2005

Portrayed by: Mark Powley (2002-2003) Colin Wells (2003-2005)

Jake Dean

Duration: 2002—2008, 2009—2010

Portrayed by: Kevin Sacre

Debra "Debbie" Dean

Duration: 2002—2005, 2006

Portrayed by: Jodi Albert

Stephanie "Steph" Cunningham (née Dean, formerly Roach)

Portrayed by: Carley Stenson

Duration: 2000-2011

Craig Dean

Duration: 2002—2007, 2008—2009

Portrayed by: Guy Burnet

  • Closet Key: He and John Paul were this for each other.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Acted this way when John Paul got together with Spike.
  • Estranged Soap Family: Notably missed several important family events, including Steph's wedding and funeral.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: How he viewed his relationship with John Paul, preferring not to identify as gay or bisexual.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Says this when John Paul decides to break it off with him, hurt by Craig's refusal to be affectionate in public.
  • Riding into the Sunset: His and John Paul's famous exit played on this by showing them standing next to a picture of a sunset.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Sarah with John Paul as he couldn't bring himself to tell her the truth. John Paul later returns to Hollyoaks because he and Craig broke up after Craig cheated.
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