Hollyoaks shortly will see the McQueens become even more fraught in the wake of Mercedes’ disappearance while Dr. Browning thinks he’s found the culprit and pays them a visit to administer his own dose of Browning medicine… Dr Paul Browning’s rather more charming alter-ego, Joseph Thompson talks about dream storylines, the character and the show.

Joseph Thompson as Dr Paul Browning

How would you describe the character you play?

He’s clever, capable, obsessively loving, fun, a tiny bit sleazy… and he’s a sociopath.

Are you anything like them in real life?

I really, really hope not.

nana-mcqueenIf you could play any other character, who would you choose, and why?

Nana McQueen. The tracksuits. (pictured right)

How long have you been in Hollyoaks?

I was first on screen in January last year.

What’s been your favourite scene to shoot in Hollyoaks?

Killing Lynsey. (Joking!) Maybe the scenes with Mercedes just before I was arrested. The little car chase! That was very fun too.

And your worst?

There was a scene in The Dog where I decided Browning would neck a nearly full pint of ‘lager’. After lots of takes, and lots of warm, fizzy, non-alcoholic beer I realised it had been a bad move.

What would be your ideal storyline for your character?

Ahaha I can’t – it would ruin it if it happens. What about: Dr Browning becomes team doctor for the England football team just before the World Cup in Brazil (which of course involves going out there to film for a few months). He has to be registered as a player last minute after poisoning half the squad, and at 2-0 down at halftime against Germany in the final he comes on and scores a hat-trick.

Joseph Thompson, Hollyoaks Who is the hottest cast member?

Nana McQueen.

Have you ever given anyone a Hollyoaks calendar as a present?

Erm no…. I promise I will this year. To everyone. Both the boys and the girls.

Do you ever use your job to jump queues for bars, clubs etc?

I can use Hollyoaks to jump queues? This is big news.

Do you ever get sent any weird fan mail?

It’s all been very nice actually.

What’s your favourite joke?

I went to the zoo the other day – and all they had was one dog….. It was a Shih-Tzu.

Who’s your best mate in the cast?

I love everyone equally.

Nicole Barber-Lane as Myra McQueenWho’s the worst in the cast for inappropriate laughter?

Nicole Barber-Lane has the most unbelievable laugh you’ve ever heard. It’s genius – and only sometimes inappropriate. (right as Myra McQueen)

Who’s the worst for forgetting lines?

Jakob who played baby Bobby Costello was a shocker for not nailing his lines. He wouldn’t even rehearse sometimes and once he just started crying for no reason.

What’s the best thing about being in Hollyoaks?

It’s a brilliant team of people to work with right throughout the building.

What’s the worst?

Tea mugs magically disappear on set – I reckon there’s some mug magpie stealing them – a mugpie. Ha!

Hollyoaks, weeknights on Channel 4

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