Hollyoaks announce new castings including Lucy-Jo Hudson

Hollyoaks bosses have announced new cast arrivals including an addition to the McQueen family in the form of Goldie’s older brother, Sylvester.

Fresh from a stint in prison, Sylver – played by David Tag – will arrive in the village this summer, hoping to make a fresh start.

Raised on a farm by his loving but strict, Catholic mother Breda and step-dad Vinnie, along with his half-sister Goldie, Sylver fell into the wrong crowd as a bored kid with things later taking a darker turn when he killed his abusive step-father.

Will the residents of Hollyoaks give him a second chance?  And which female will fall for this bad boy come good?

Sylver will make his first appearance in the Channel 4/E4 soap this summer, Lime Pictures note, while Coronation Street and Wild at Heart star Lucy-Jo Hudson has also joined the cast of the long-running serial. The actress will join the saga this summer playing Donna-Marie, a reckless woman desperately trying to hide a heart-breaking past.

Arriving alongside her – in his TV debut – is Owen Warner as Donna-Marie’s son, Romeo.  The pair have a fractured relationship and Romeo flits from place to place in search of random money-making projects to support his wayward mum. 

As he arrives in Hollyoaks he joins forces with loveable rogue Prince McQueen for a get-rich-quick scheme hosting summer raves. Romeo and Donna Marie will be joining the Hollyoaks village this summer.

And also West End star Jessamy Stoddart is to play Liberty Savage.

Since Liberty – previously played by Abi Phillips – fled to America in 2013 dad Dirk has married Cindy Cunningham and now lives with her and step-daughter Holly as well as mysterious lodger Milo Entwistle. In her first ever scene Liberty was sent to the headmaster’s office for singing in class and the passing of time hasn’t dampened her love of music.

Liberty later left Hollyoaks to pursue a music career in LA after landing a record deal, but the reality of the LA dream turned out to be a little less shiny than she had anticipated and it’s time to return home. 

“She has missed her family and is excited to make up for lost time with Dirk and get to know her extended family better. Just like she did when she was younger, she will be the glue that holds the family together.”

Jessamy has played lead roles in Wicked and Les Misérables.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look screenings on E4 at 7pm.

Lucy-Jo Hudson, back in the day, on Coronation Street.
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