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TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Series (1995– )
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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.


Phil Redmond
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Series cast summary:
Ashley Taylor Dawson Ashley Taylor Dawson ...  Darren Osborne (II) / ... 1,189 episodes, 2005-2020
Nick Pickard ...  Tony Hutchinson 1,187 episodes, 1995-2020
Kieron Richardson Kieron Richardson ...  Steven 'Ste' Hay / ... 1,134 episodes, 2006-2019
Jennifer Metcalfe ...  Mercedes McQueen / ... 1,072 episodes, 2006-2020
Jessica Fox ...  Nancy Osborne / ... 1,027 episodes, 2006-2020
Stephanie Waring ...  Cindy Cunningham (II) / ... 916 episodes, 1996-2020
Nicole Barber-Lane ...  Myra McQueen 764 episodes, 2008-2019
Anna Passey Anna Passey ...  Sienna Blake / ... 727 episodes, 2012-2020
Ellis Hollins Ellis Hollins ...  Tom Cunningham / ... 721 episodes, 2000-2020
James McKenna James McKenna ...  Jack Osborne / ... 657 episodes, 1996-2020
Alexandra Fletcher Alexandra Fletcher ...  Diane O'Connor / ... 642 episodes, 2010-2020
Tamara Wall Tamara Wall ...  Grace Black 630 episodes, 2013-2020
Jorgie Porter Jorgie Porter ...  Theresa McQueen 604 episodes, 2008-2020
Stephanie Davis ...  Sinead O'Connor / ... 582 episodes, 2010-2019
Nikki Sanderson ...  Maxine Minniver / ... 572 episodes, 2012-2020
Gemma Merna ...  Carmel Valentine / ... 567 episodes, 2006-2014
Helen Pearson ...  Frankie Osborne / ... 547 episodes, 2004-2017
Kirsty Leigh Porter ...  Leela Lomax / ... 527 episodes, 2013-2020
James Sutton ...  John Paul McQueen 529 episodes, 2006-2020
Claire Cooper ...  Jacqui McQueen / ... 523 episodes, 2007-2013
Jamie Lomas ...  Warren Fox 510 episodes, 2006-2020
Sarah Jayne Dunn ...  Mandy Richardson / ... 502 episodes, 1996-2020


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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Britain's Favourite Teen Soap See more »


Drama | Romance


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Alex Carter (Lee Hunter) auditioned for the part of Darren Osbourne, but he lost out to Ashley Taylor Dawson. About four years later he was up for the part of Dan Hunter, but was considered to look too young for that part, but ideal for the younger brother. See more »


Stacey: Can you make me one of those coffees?
Bella Manning: Would that be with or without arsenic?
Stacey: Oh, I don't mind as long as it's frothy!
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Referenced in Sex, Lies & Soaps: Family Conflict (2006) See more »

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Awful yet addictive...
30 March 2005 | by LivingMysterySee all my reviews

Hollyoaks is many things. One thing that it isn't though, is well acted out. It has one of the poorest collections of actors/actresses I have ever witnessed on TV. There are a few which are satisfactory, but overall it's terrible. They cast the actors purely on looks, a lot of the cast were models prior to being on Hollyoaks. And I must say the writers seem absolutely clueless, as most of the story lines seem to be totally unoriginal and cliché...

On the other hand, there is a certain spark to the show which makes you enjoy watching it, and carry on watching it. There are a few lovable characters, and a few which you hate so much that you watch the show again just to laugh or cringe at. There's the adictive-ness that I think you will always find in soaps, which is why I must recommend anyone who hasn't started watching this to never start watching this, as you will too become hooked to a simply awful show.

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Release Date:

23 October 1995 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chester, Cheshire, England, UK See more »

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