By Lewis Thelwell

11th January 2019

A lot of the time, big soaps like Corrie, Emmerdale and Eastenders manage to cast their characters very well, and get family members to look exactly like they could be family in real life. Do you think that it’s a coincidence? Well, the fact is, there are many people who are in these soaps who play like they are family members when, in fact, they really are!

We can only imagine what it must be like to grow up and then work in an industry such as this only to realize that you are also going to work with your own family as well. In that sense, these actors probably don’t have to do very much acting when it comes to their true feelings towards other characters. Especially if those characters are their own family members. The only part that makes me wonder is if they happen to bring their personal lives to work with them. I mean, what if something bad happened between these family members over the holidays? How do they cope with the fact that they have to go into work together?

Other than that, working with family members on a job like this must be loads of fun! They must also make the rest of their family really proud of the fact that more than just one member of the family is making a living doing what they love to do because finding a good job is easy but finding a satisfying career must be an amazing feeling and to also be able to share this experience with someone that you truly love must also make the whole thing seem hard to believe. You’ll never guess which of these actors are related and when you find out, you’ll be amazed at how they are able to make this happen so beautifully:

Sometimes they get it so spot on that they actually are family members in real life! This is why we put together a list of soap actors that you probably didn’t know were actually related in real life! We can hardly believe it ourselves when we discovered this and it’s also interesting to know that they are able to relate to the characters probably as much as they are able to relate to each other! That really sounds like a lot of fun! There’s really nothing more important than family and so we are excited to share with you which of these characters are actually related in real life.
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So here is the list, from the cobbles of Corrie to the streets of Eastenders, this is a list of your favourite soap stars that you didn’t actually know were related in real life… And don’t miss the end, we found some soap stars who are related to massive Hollywood celebs! That must really exciting! We can only imagine what it’s like to spend time with them over the holidays while they discuss the jobs that they have been up to since the last family reunion. It must be a real star studded event. I wonder if they are ever star struck over each other? I doubt it. . . Please, ENJOY!
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1. Adam and Ryan Thomas.

Adam and Ryan are better known as Adam Barton (Emmerdale) and Jason Grimshaw (Coronation Street).
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Ryan is the eldest and starred in Corrie from 2000 to 2016 before going down under to star in Aussie soap Neighbours. Adam’s wife Caroline is pregnant with their second child.
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They also have another brother who you might recognise from Love Island 2016. Success and good looks run in their family!
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2. Jamie Lomas and Charley Webb.

We’re used to seeing Jamie Lomas in Hollyoaks and he took part in the most recent series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. But I bet you didn’t know he also has a famous sister.
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He isn’t the only one in his family who’s decided to take up a career in acting. His sister Charley Webb has starred in Emmerdale as Debbie Dingle since 2002.
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They are both really close and share a lot of the sme friends in the famous circle of soap stars. They also have a younger brother who has been on screen too!
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And it appears their younger sibling, Danny Webb, played the first ever Aaron Livesy in Emmerdale between 2003 to 2006 and Lucy Webb, 13, appeared as baby Jon Dingle between 2004 and 2007 when she was tiny.
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The acting gene definitely runs in their family.
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3. Joe and Shauna Swash.

Joe Swash became a household name when he starred in Eastenders between 2005 and 2011 as Mickey Miller. His sister Shauna also appeared in the show as his on-screen sister Demi.
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While Shauna has gone down a different route in life, Joe is still a regular on our TV screens, after becoming King of the jungle in 2008, he’s gone on to present Extra Camp among other shows.
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Shauna now lives a regular life and is a barmaid in London. Here she is taking out the rubbish.
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4. Nick and John Pickard.

When you think of Hollyoaks, you think of Tony Hutchinson, don’t you. And for a long time, Nick’s brother played his long-lost brother in the soap. After his character met his long-lost brother on-screen there was only one man for the job…
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Between 2005 and 2010, John played Tony’s brother Dom. You can definitely tell they’re related, can’t you!
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5. Lacey Turner and Lily Harvey.

Eastenders’s Lacey Turner’s little sister Lily played Shenice Quinn in Eastenders from 2011-2012.

Their sister Daisy also went into acting and played tomyboy Jenny in Hollyoaks in 2011.

Her character was killed off though by serial killer Silas Blissett.
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Her character was brutally killed and she hasn’t done much acting work since.

6. Brooke Vincent and Ellie Leach.

Corries Brooke Vincent and Ellie Leach are cousins in real-life. Brooke played Sophie Webster in the soap since she was 11, Ellie joined the soap in 2011 as Faye’s foster child.
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They aren’t related in the show, you’d think they’d have cast them as related they look quite similar!


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7. Jacqueline Jossa and Megan Jossa.

Jacqueline played Lauren Branning in Eastenders from 2006 to February this year and she’s the older cousin of Megan who played the daughter of Tiffany and Grant Mitchell in 2006.

Jaqueline has repeatedly won the award for sexiest female at the Inside Soap Awards, and its not hard to see why…

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8. Debbie Rush and Poppy Rush.

Poppy, the daughter of Debbie Rush (Anne Windass), joined the cast of Eastenders this year playing Kyle’s best friend Sophie Dodd.
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9. Jill Halfpenny and Chelsea Halfpenny.

Jill played undercover policewoman Kate in Eastenders. She turns out to be Chelsea Halfpenny’s aunt, who played teen mum Amy Wyatt in Emmerdale from 2010 to 2013.

While Jill doesn’t look old enough to be Chesea’s aunt, the two of them certainly played big roles in their shows!
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10. Sue Jenkins and Richard Fleeshman.

Sue played barmaid Gloria Todd in Corrie in the 80s and it seems her son followed in her footsteps. He went on to star in Corrie from 2002 to 2006 as Craig Harris, Rosie Webster’s boyfriend.


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Richard Fleeshman is now quite the hunk, who could believe he’d turn out like this!

11. Kara Tointon and Hannah Tointon

Kara was in the soap business before Hannah, in EastEnders! She played Dawn Swann.

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Her younger sister Hannah is in Hollyoaks and played Katy Fox! Her storyline was certianly interesting!
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Here they are together, they’re so similar!

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Lily Allen and Alfie Allen

Lily Allen is one of the UK’s biggest singing stars, but did you know that Theon from Game of Thrones is her brother in real life?
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The two of them are together quite a lot to say they are both very busy and famous.

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Jason Momoa and Zoë Kravitz

Another GoT star and now Aquaman, Jason Momoa is actually the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz!

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Jason has been with her mother for Lisa Bonet for 12 years and the two of them even go out in London together!

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Antonio Banderas and Dakota Johnson

This one is a massive, massive surprise. Antonio used to be Dakota’s stepfather before he split from her mother in 2015.
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Dakota is now a massive star after her role in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, but apparently, she wanted to do it on her own merit, and not with the help of her Hollywood family.

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Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts

Julia Roberts is one of the most established actresses in all of Hollywood, and her niece, Emma, is working her own way in the industry and becoming a very recognisable face.
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The two of them are both very open about their relationship and always answer questions about each other when asked. The two apparently spend a lot of time together and Julia thinks an awful lot of Emma.

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They certainly look alike!
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The two of them are very complimentary of each other, Julia said this of Emma…

“She’s so lovely, we spend a lot of time together. Emma is a remarkable girl.”

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Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy

These two are both now big actresses but looking at the two of them you wouldn’t think that they were related at all!

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The two of them are cousins and even have photos of themselves together as children!
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Joan and John Cusack

The two of them have both succeeded in taking on Hollywood and are not afraid to work together.

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The pair have appeared in a massive 10 movies together yet a lot of people don’t put 2 and 2 together and realise that they are in fact siblings!
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Joan is thankful for John always being there throughout their time in Hollywood and spurring her on through the business.

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One of the biggest shocks that Twitter has ever faced may just be the world finding out that one of the best soap characters to ever grace our tv’s actually has a Hollywood A-lister for a brother.
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Big Mo first appeared in EastEnders in 2000 and quickly became a firm favourite of the fans. She had a very quiet spell after 2012 and ended up leaving in 2016 for a short while.

Fans rejoiced to hear that she was returning and officially returned in March 2018 to the main cast, but did you know she has one of the most famous actors in the world for a brother?
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Twitter reacted to finding out that Gary Oldman is actually Big Mo’s brother perfectly.
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The two of them are very close even though Gary spends a lot of his time in America filming, after starring in so many successful movies.
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We can’t believe that we never knew this, and Twitter had some unbelievable responses too…

This girl couldn’t believe she didn’t know about the relationship between the two of them!


This guy thought that Gary, upon winning an Oscar, should have thanked his sister during his speech at the ceremony…
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And this guy just adores the fact that the two of them are related…

Coronation Street has been on our screens since the 60s. With its ever-changing cast and dramatic storylines, no wonder it is one of the most watched soaps throughout the UK. There have been some fans that have been committed to watching since this programme first aired, but there are some things that you don’t know about Coronation Street.

Here are 21 things you don’t know about our beloved Corrie!

1. Fans of Coronation Street go by the name of Corrie but everyone who works on set calls it The Street.

Whilst we all sit here and ask if we’re watching ‘Corrie’ tonight, the cast actually call it The Street. This is ironic as there was another short-lived series titled ‘The Street’ that ran from 2006 until 2009!

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2. Ena Sharples was modelled on Tony Warren’s grandmother.

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Tony Warren was the original script writer for Coronation Street and he created this incredible soap aged just 24. He decided that he wanted to represent his family in this programme, so the role of Ena Sharples was actually modelled on his Grandmother!

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3. Deaths on the street outnumber births by almost 3-1. Sinister…only 7 episodes passed before the first death.

This is really dark – but there have been a lot more deaths on the soap throughout the years rather than births. This is probably because of the amount of drama brought into the storyline when someone dies – especially when it’s a murder!

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4. There have been about 2 weddings a year. 88 in total.

Can you believe that over the 50+ years that we have been watching this magnificent soap, there have been an incredible 88 weddings?! Not all of these lasted or completed drama-free though… Which wedding was your favourite?

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5. Gail Platt lost her virginity in the stockroom in Sylvia’s Separates.

Never did we think that Gail would have been so naughty… but it’s true. She actually lost her virginity in the stockroom at Sylvia’s Separates. What a little minx.. you won’t be able to look at her the same now!

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6. Only Ken Barlow (Bill Roache) has survived from the very first episode.

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There is only one man who has made it all the way through the entire of the soap since day one and this is the glorious Ken Barlow! He is currently part of the main ‘whodunit’ storyline that is going on now on the show. We see an unknown person push him down the stairs of his own home… but the culprit is yet to be revealed!

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7. Ken’s son Peter has been played by 7 different actors – Bill Roache’s son Linus even played him at one point.

It’s not the first time that an actor has been replaced throughout a series. However, the fact that Ken Barlow’s son has been played by seven different actors is ridiculous?!

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8. There have been 51 different barmaids in the Rover Return.

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The Rover Return has to be one of the most famous pubs throughout the UK. We have all secretly wanted to go for a cheeky pint there – but can you believe there’s been a massive 51 different barmaids there?! Betty Turpin (Driver) was the longest standing barmaid and she appeared in a massive 2,800 episodes. However, she sadly left back in 2011!

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9. Emily lost her virginity to a Hungarian demolition expert.

This has to be one of the most random of these facts you didn’t know about Coronation Street. Emily Bishop comes across as lovely and innocent, but everyone is different behind closed doors. She had a short relationship with an Hungarian Demolition Expert and that is who she lost her virginity to!

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10. The most watched episode was on Christmas Day 1987 when Hilda Ogden left. It was watched by 26.6 million viewers.

This episode was clearly one that was hugely anticipated. With Hilda Ogden being one of the most loved characters on the show, an amazing 26.6 million viewers tuned in to watch it. We all remember how emotional this whole episode was… even the thought of it now is giving me goosebumps. Although there have been heartwarming storylines since.. there have been none that have brought this amount of viewers to the soap.

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11. The show has been exported to over 40 countries, including Estonia, Morocco and Taiwan.

Not only is Coronation Street close to so many of our hearts, it is also a hugely watched show for a lot of people around the world. They love the drama, and have fallen in love with the characters – just like we have. It has been exported to an incredible 40 countries and is still growing in popularity. I don’t think anyone will ever get bored of Coronation Street!

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12. Joanna Lumley played Ken Barlow’s girlfriend Elaine Perkins in 1973.

Back in the 70s, the gorgeous Joanna Lumley managed to land herself a role in this soap. She got to play the part of Ken Barlow’s fabulous girlfriend. Although this wasn’t really a long standing role, we still loved what she brought to The Street. She is definitely one of Britain’s most loved actresses!

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13. David Jones played Ena Sharples grandson

We probably know Davy Jones a little better for being the lead singer in the pop group ‘The Monkees’. However, his first acting role came back in 1961. He played the role of Colin Lomax for a short while on Coronation Street. Sadly, David Jones died of a heart attack aged just 66 at his home in Florida.

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14. The famous theme tune was made by Eric Spear.

The most shocking part of the whole theme tune was that the composer was only paid a measly £6 for it?! He created one of the most famous intros to any British programme and didn’t get the recognition he needed. But, how was he to know that it was going to be such a huge hit?!

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15. November 3, 1969 was the first ever colour episode for Corrie.

It was back just 9 years after the first episode was aired that Coronation Street had its first episode in full colour – this was considered fairly early for colour television. Lots of people tuned in for this episode!

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16. Alfred Hitchcock visited the set once. So did Dustin Hoffman.

These names were considered huge in the television and film industry. So, the fact that they took time out to visit the sets was amazing for Coronation Street. We can all agree that Coronation Street is a huge programme both within and outside of the UK… so no wonder such big names wanted to come and visit?!

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17. Jack and Vera Duckworth enjoyed the longest marriage on the street. They celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary shortly before Vera’s death.

We all remember this couple – they were truly inseparable. We were absolutely heart broken when the time came for Vera to leave Coronation Street. The thought of Vera’s death even gives me goosebumps now!

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18. Almost One million pounds was spent on the Tram Disaster episode.

Back in 2010 was when Coronation Street celebrated their 50 year anniversary. Obviously, they had to pull out the big guns for this. So, they spent a miraculous million pounds in order to make this scene INCREDIBLE. This 50th anniversary episodes were hugely anticipated and they really managed to top our expectations.

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19. There has been 7 oversea’s shoots. Majorca in 1974 being the first one.

There have been shoots that have been done abroad for a number of reasons – but the Coronation Street cast have been to seven different locations oversea’s!

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20. The shortest marriage was between Mike Baldwin and Jackie Ingram, it lasted just 7 days

Some of us just didn’t agree with the wedding in the first place, but even this marriage lasted shorted than Kim Kardashians a few years back (and that’s an achievement).

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21. There have been over 50 pets in the show since it started

A huge part of family life revolves around having pets. So, on Coronation Street they have introduced over 50 family pets into the homes of the cast. Which pet was your favourite? I think I will forever love Schmeichel – Chesney’s best friend!

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But, what are the actors up to now?

They aren’t on the show anymore but they must be up to something?! This is what Maxine, Ashley, Claire and Fred Elliot look like now! The transformation really is insane!

1. Jamie Baldwin.

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Rupert Hill joined the cast of Coronation Street as Jamie Baldwin in 2004 until 2007. Before joining the soap he had starred in Family Affairs as Cameron Davenport. During his time on the soap, he played guitar in the now defunct band called Shepard’s Pi, who performed around the UK at festivals like Bestival. Jamie Baldwin had an on-off relationship with Violet Wilson in the soap and finally left the show after finally splitting up with her and leaving for London.

So, what’s he been up to since leaving the show? 

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Look at him now!
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He is part of a small comedy sketch group called Screaming Mess alongside childhood friends. Rupert is married to Jenny Platt who played his on-off girlfriend Violet Wilson in Coronation Street. Rupert co-owns four pubs around Manchester in the Northern Quarter, Salford, Oldham and Picadilly. In 2014, he took part in the UK touring production of The Full Monty.

Remember Claire Peacock!

2. Claire Peacock

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We all remember Claire Peacock who came and rescued poor Ashley’s heart after the tragic death of his partner – Maxine. She was originally the nanny but managed to worm her way in there. After giving birth to Ashley’s child, Claire was part of one of the show’s main storylines tackling mental health issues and postnatal depression. She left the show in 2011.
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Since leaving the show she has continued acting in different roles, for example, she starred in Doctors and in Monroe. However, she wasn’t a series regular.

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What about the street veteran Ashley!

3. Ashley Peacock

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We all used to love Ashley and with everything he has been through we found it horribly tragic that he died in the 50th-anniversary episode with the tram crash in 2010. Ashley’s time on the street wasn’t exactly fun after his wife Maxine was murdered by serial killer Richard Hillman, he found love with his nanny Claire. Little did he know, Claire would suffer from bad mental health issues and postnatal depression.

Since his departure he starred in the sixth series of Dancing On Ice in 2011, however, he was criticised on the show for oversleeping and missing a day of choreography. Since then he has also taken to the stage and has recently been cast to play Inspector Holt in the film The Blazing Cannons.
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4. Fred Elliott

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It was a massive ten years ago that Fred actually left Coronation Street and departed our screens. We all absolutely loved all of his storylines. Fred was Ashley Peacocks son and he owned the local butchers on the street. He was part of the soap for 12 years and became one of the most loved and memorable characters in the soap’s history.
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Since the show, he has made various television appearances, even on Loose Women in 2009. Not only this but he guest starred on Holby City’s 2011 Christmas episode playing the patient Rupert Pool.

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What a legend.

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