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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Ashley Taylor Dawson Ashley Taylor Dawson ...  Darren Osborne (II) / ... 1,023 episodes, 2007-2018
Kieron Richardson Kieron Richardson ...  Steven 'Ste' Hay / ... 1,016 episodes, 2006-2018
Nick Pickard ...  Tony Hutchinson 1,005 episodes, 1995-2018
Jessica Fox ...  Nancy Osborne / ... 882 episodes, 2006-2018
Jennifer Metcalfe ...  Mercedes Fisher / ... 853 episodes, 2006-2018
Stephanie Waring Stephanie Waring ...  Cindy Cunningham (II) / ... 795 episodes, 1996-2018
Nicole Barber-Lane ...  Myra McQueen 721 episodes, 2008-2018
Ellis Hollins Ellis Hollins ...  Tom Cunningham / ... 618 episodes, 2000-2018
Jorgie Porter Jorgie Porter ...  Theresa McQueen 599 episodes, 2008-2016
Gemma Merna Gemma Merna ...  Carmel Valentine / ... 567 episodes, 2006-2014
Helen Pearson Helen Pearson ...  Frankie Osborne / ... 545 episodes, 2004-2017
James McKenna James McKenna ...  Jack Osborne / ... 541 episodes, 1996-2018
Anna Passey ...  Sienna Blake / ... 535 episodes, 2012-2018
Claire Cooper ...  Jacqui McQueen / ... 523 episodes, 2007-2013
Stephanie Davis Stephanie Davis ...  Sinead O'Connor / ... 480 episodes, 2010-2015
James Sutton ...  John Paul McQueen 473 episodes, 2006-2017
Andy Moss ...  Rhys Ashworth 472 episodes, 2006-2014
Tamara Wall Tamara Wall ...  Grace Black 471 episodes, 2013-2018
Jazmine Franks Jazmine Franks ...  Esther Bloom 467 episodes, 2011-2018
Jamie Lomas ...  Warren Fox 455 episodes, 2006-2018
Nikki Sanderson Nikki Sanderson ...  Maxine Minniver 453 episodes, 2012-2018
Alexandra Fletcher Alexandra Fletcher ...  Diane O'Connor / ... 452 episodes, 2010-2018


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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Release Date:

23 October 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Zycie w Hollyoaks See more »

Filming Locations:

Chester, Cheshire, England, UK See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The series is very famous for its attractive young cast. Every year, the male stars would release a "Hollyoaks Hunks" calendar and the female stars would release a "Hollyoaks Babes" calendar, in which the actors and actresses would pose in states of undress. See more »


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Worst thing ever created! Horrid! Horrid! Horrid!
3 July 2000 | by Shawn WatsonSee all my reviews

There are some things I bet mankind would wish he could un-invent. The atom bomb, religion and Hollyoaks would be at the top of that list. I only ever watched this to pass time at a crappy job on Sunday mornings. Thank heavens I don't have that job anymore as this show was giving me high-blood pressure. That's how angry it got me. That's how bad the acting is.

I know people comment on movies that have okay acting as having terrible acting and I am well aware that a lot of American soaps like Sunset Beach and Days of Our Lives have rather poor acting but THIS has THE ABSOLUTE WORST and THE MOST PITIFUL excuse for acting I have ever seen.

The characters of Max, OB and Justin are performed quite well but the all of the rest are simply awful. I know for a FACT that many of the so called actors are chosen by their looks alone and not for their acting abilities. A rather stupid way of casting a TV show it is. Many TV shows do this but no other show has such A DISGRACEFUL DISPLAY of acting than Hollyoaks.

The direction is dull, miserable and very bleak. Every scene is lit with grey light that puts an incredibly depressing atmosphere on everything. When this ain't the case it's painfully obvious it's being helmed by a film-school graduate desperate to show off his non-skills.

Even the pathetic stories are nothing more than childish morality plays and Sunday-school style 'don't do this' kind of lessons. Since the target audience is mainly teenagers the producers tend to condescend to them with endless amounts of these simple cautionary tales. They don't even attempt to make it subtle. I'd be really offended watching this as a teenager if they thought I was as ignorant and naive as the badly written characters. They are SO VERY BAD you'll either be rolling around on the floor in laughter or be enraged at such an atrocity.

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