Hollyoaks takes a look at the lives, loves and careers of a group of teenage friends and their families as they graduate through GCSE's, A-Levels and College into the world of work.


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Series cast summary:
Nick Pickard ...  Tony Hutchinson 1,234 episodes, 1995-2021
Ashley Taylor Dawson Ashley Taylor Dawson ...  Darren Osborne 1,229 episodes, 2005-2021
Kieron Richardson Kieron Richardson ...  Steven 'Ste' Hay / ... 1,183 episodes, 2006-2021
Jennifer Metcalfe ...  Mercedes McQueen / ... 1,126 episodes, 2006-2021
Jessica Fox ...  Nancy Osborne / ... 1,068 episodes, 2006-2021
Stephanie Waring ...  Cindy Cunningham / ... 945 episodes, 1996-2021
Anna Passey Anna Passey ...  Sienna Blake / ... 783 episodes, 2012-2021
Nicole Barber-Lane ...  Myra McQueen 763 episodes, 2008-2019
Ellis Hollins Ellis Hollins ...  Tom Cunningham 745 episodes, 2000-2021
Alexandra Fletcher Alexandra Fletcher ...  Diane Hutchinson / ... 683 episodes, 2010-2021
James McKenna James McKenna ...  Jack Osborne / ... 671 episodes, 1996-2021
Tamara Wall Tamara Wall ...  Grace Black 663 episodes, 2013-2021
Jorgie Porter ...  Theresa McQueen 646 episodes, 2008-2021
Nikki Sanderson ...  Maxine Minniver / ... 609 episodes, 2012-2021
Stephanie Davis ...  Sinead O'Connor / ... 581 episodes, 2010-2019
James Sutton ...  John Paul McQueen 578 episodes, 2006-2021
Gemma Merna ...  Carmel Valentine / ... 564 episodes, 2006-2014
Jamie Lomas ...  Warren Fox 545 episodes, 2006-2021
Helen Pearson ...  Frankie Osborne / ... 546 episodes, 2004-2017
Sarah Jayne Dunn ...  Mandy Richardson / ... 540 episodes, 1996-2021
Kirsty Leigh Porter ...  Leela Lomax / ... 531 episodes, 2013-2020
Claire Cooper ...  Jacqui McQueen / ... 521 episodes, 2007-2013


Hollyoaks is a British TV soap opera, that takes a mundane look at the lives, loves and careers of a group of teenage friends and their families as they graduate through GCSE's, A-Levels and College into the world of work. first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on the Channel 4 network. Originally devised by Phil Redmond, who also devised shows such as Brookside and Grange Hill, the program is set in and around the fictional Chester suburb of Hollyoaks and is centered around a former 1950s technical college which is now a college of higher education called Hollyoaks Community College (often mistaken for the real-life University of Chester), with the characters and main target audience generally being in their late teens or early twenties. Written by Anonymous

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In 2000, the character Matt Musgrove (played by Kristian Ealey) transferred from Brookside (1982) to Hollyoaks, the first time this had been done in a British television soap opera. See more »


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Unbearably awful
7 February 2004 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

Were it not for this Godawful shows cynical manipulation of it's naive teenage girl fanbase,I don't think there's anyway it's over-riding banality would have allowed it to run for nearly ten years.I myself have only ever really caught what you might call passing glances at it but I feel this has been more than enough.I honestly wonder at times whether the 'actors' are chosen on the grounds on any actual 'acting' merit they possess whatsoever as opposed to their viewer-attracting,ratings-assuring sex appeal and good looks.Unless,by the standards of the casting directors associated with this rubbish,'good-acting' consists of shouting very loudly in each other's faces all the time as well turning the most mundane situation in to an opportunity to turn in a master-stroke of thespian aspiration.Mind you,said opportunities are relatively numourous,with seemingly every plotline as contrieved and sensationalist as the next,making the show more detached from reality than it's outline as 'the everyday lives of' a group of people could ever possibly imagine.Unfortunately,as long as it continues to appeal to the lowest common denominator of it's naive audience,it seemingly has no end in sight.Oh well,no one's forcing you to watch,eh?*

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23 October 1995 (UK) See more »

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Chester, Cheshire, England, UK See more »

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