Hollyoaks cast changes – who’s leaving, who’s joining, who’s coming back?

Catch up on all your latest soap gossip from Hollyoaks village, including Kieron Richardson and Ray Quinn's exits.

In a TV genre with a famously high turnover of cast members, it can be difficult to keep up with all the comings and goings of soap characters.

Never miss another Hollyoaks new arrival or death in the village with our handy guide to who’s joining and who’s leaving the Channel 4 series.

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Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson)

He’s been a fan favourite since joining Hollyoaks in 2006, but Ste’s current far right storyline is about to see him bow out for a while.

Ste has been groomed and exploited by a group of extremists, with things hurtling towards a dangerous climax.

Meanwhile, in real life Kieron Richardson is going to be on tour with the stage show of Band of Gold, but has promised Hollyoaks devotees that his absence will be short and temporary.

Jonny Baxter (Ray Quinn)

Linked in with Ste’s temporary exit storyline is Jonny Baxter leaving, too.

Former X Factor and Dancing on Ice contestant Ray Quinn has been starring as one of the super scary villains converting Ste, but he’s due to leave as the plot reaches its peak.

He’s expected to bow out this autumn.

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Cleo McQueen (Nadine Mulkerrin)

Another of the McQueen clan is going on maternity leave – this time it’s Nadine Mulkerrin’s turn, who plays Cleo.

She’s just welcomed her first baby, Reggie, with co-star Rory Douglas-Speed who plays Joel Dexter, but is expected to return after her maternity leave.

Cleo’s exit airs at Halloween, when she discovers boyfriend Mitchell Devereaux has been having an affair with Scott Drinkwell.

Breda McQueen (Moya Brady)

The soap is about to dispose of another serial killer as horror nanny Breda McQueen’s reign of terror comes to an end.

She has been holding Tony Hutchinson hostage at her pig farm and has been racking up the victims since November 2018, but will finally be put to a stop in early 2020.

It also marks the exciting return of Hollyoaks Later, which last aired in 2013, so expect a suitably scary finale to the storyline.

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John Paul McQueen (James Sutton)

JP is on his way back to the teaching staff at Hollyoaks High, which means his romance with Craig Dean has not had a happy ending.

The character left a few exes behind him, so what will his return mean for Ste Hay and James Nightingale?

Viewers will be pleased to see old favourite James Sutton back in the role.

Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas)

James isn’t the only fan favourite returning to Hollyoaks Village – former resident bad boy Warren Fox isn’t done with his time there just yet.

Although he left the regular cast in 2017, Jamie Lomas has made a number of one-off returns as Warren since then and is due back more permanently at the end of the year.

Whatever his reasons for moving back in, one thing’s for certain – Warren’s return is unlikely to be peaceful and harmonious.

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Secret Hutchinson

Tony Hutchinson’s long-lost dad Edward (Joe McGann) has proved quite an addition to the village since he arrived on screen, and he’s about to make things even more complicated.

In 2020, we’ll see the introduction of his troublemaker daughter, Tony’s secret half-sister, to the cast which is sure to spice things up.

At the moment, the role hasn’t been cast, but we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Hutchinsons.

Hollyoaks airs on weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and 7pm on E4.

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