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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.


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Ashley Taylor Dawson Ashley Taylor Dawson ...  Darren Osborne (II) / ... 1,109 episodes, 2005-2019
Jennifer Metcalfe ...  Mercedes McQueen / ... 992 episodes, 2006-2019
Jessica Fox ...  Nancy Osborne / ... 964 episodes, 2006-2019
Stephanie Waring Stephanie Waring ...  Cindy Cunningham (II) / ... 854 episodes, 1996-2019
Nicole Barber-Lane ...  Myra McQueen 763 episodes, 2008-2019
Ellis Hollins Ellis Hollins ...  Tom Cunningham / ... 671 episodes, 2000-2019
Anna Passey Anna Passey ...  Sienna Blake / ... 658 episodes, 2012-2019
James McKenna James McKenna ...  Jack Osborne / ... 619 episodes, 1996-2019
Jorgie Porter Jorgie Porter ...  Theresa McQueen 599 episodes, 2008-2016
Stephanie Davis ...  Sinead O'Connor / ... 582 episodes, 2010-2019
Gemma Merna Gemma Merna ...  Carmel Valentine / ... 567 episodes, 2006-2014
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Alexandra Fletcher Alexandra Fletcher ...  Diane O'Connor / ... 552 episodes, 2010-2019
Helen Pearson ...  Frankie Osborne / ... 547 episodes, 2004-2017
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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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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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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 »


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Embarrassingly amateurish acting
17 April 2002 | by EllieStarSee all my reviews

Oh my god, can the acting seriously get much worse?!

I have to say that the acting has never reached Oscar-winning heights, but at the present moment it is so positively dire, that it is extremely laughable.

How the directors can possibly 'direct' these so-called actors, or pieces of wood as they have more in common with, with a straight face is unbelievable. How they can put them on air without seriously worrying about their credibility status as professional directors is beyond me. Because let's face it, these actors are so bad, that it has to reflect on the directors.

Okay, taking a breather from my rant, I have to say that NOT ALL of the Hollyoaks cast fits into the above mould. Most of the longer-serving cast members are perfectly adequate as soap actors. They will never be the recipient of a major award for outstanding acting achievement, but perfectly adequately fit the requirements for British soaps. Even some of the newer cast members, such as the Hunter family for example, can hold their own in this department.

But a lot of the influx of new members were so obviously chosen for either their looks or their connections, as the acting is so amateurish, it even lowers the (already rock bottom) standards of some British soaps.

"Hollyoaks" is marketed as an accurate portrayal of British teen life, but the acting and production is so embarrassingly awful that to compare it up against an American contemporary, for example, "Dawson's Creek", would bring shame on to the entire British nation. "Dawson's Creek" may be classed by some as hideously pretentious, but at least it can stand proud in the acting stakes.

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