Hollyoaks this afternoon shocked long term fans with the news that the face from the past is back.
In an upcoming trailer the return of character Kurt Benson, played by Jeremy Edwards, is seen riding back into the village after 20 years. The comeback for Kurt is one of the ways the Channel 4 soap will celebrate its 25th Birthday
The promo teases to the dramatic return of the original character making his way back to his hometown on his signature motorbike, and soon ends up reunited with his old friend Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard). Has Tony seen a ghost…
Kurt Benson appeared in the first ever episode of Hollyoaks in 1995, roaring onto our screens on his iconic motorbike and sharing his first scenes with best friend Tony. – Lime Pictures
During his time in the show, produced by Mersey Television – now Lime Pictures – Jeremy featured in many huge storylines thanks to Kurt’s turbulent love life, a deadly rivalry with notorious villain Rob Hawthorne (Warren Derosa) and escaped an attempted murder charge. Kurt went on to marry Ruth Osborne (Tony’s sister played by Terri Dwyer) and the pair became icons for all teenagers in love.
He eventually had an affair with Katie Patrick (Natasha Symms) prompting Kurt and Ruth to go their separate ways as he left the soap in 1999 in the same way he arrived, by motorbike. But tragedy struck as just six months later, Kurt Benson was believed to have died in a jet ski accident. A devastated Tony Hutchinson never got over losing his best friend.
Kurt last appeared in Hollyoaks Later in 2013, fourteen years after his last episode. He was as a vision in Tony’s mind, protecting Tony’s son Harry Thompson, from danger.
Back to the present day, Tony is under the manipulation of his own father Edward Hutchinson (played by Joe McGann), dishevelled, living in a caravan and on the brink of divorce from wife Diane. A time when he needs his best friend most, but is Kurt really back? – Lime Pictures