Hollyoaks cast: who is leaving, joining and returning?

The latest on arrivals and departures of the village.

hollyoaks cast oct 2020

Channel 4’s long-running soap Hollyoaks never disappoints when it comes to bringing the drama and reeling in celebrity guest stars, with Loose Women’s Denise Welch recently joining the cast as dance teacher Trish.


However the series, which turned 25 last year, hasn’t stopped there: TV stars AJ and Curtis Pritchard are set to make their Hollyoaks debut later this year.

Ballroom brothers AJ and Curtis, who rose to fame for appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and Love Island respectively, will be joining the soap as guest stars in the next few months – but who will they be?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Hollyoaks cast.


AJ Pritchard

Former Strictly Come Dancing pro AJ Pritchard

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard is set to arrive in the Chester-based village later this spring, guest-starring alongside his brother Curtis Pritchard.

While Hollyoaks hasn’t revealed much about the pair’s characters, we know that they’ll be arriving on the show as dance teacher Trish (Denise Welch) opens her brand-new dance school.

AJ revealed in an Instagram video on 8th February that he’d already filmed his first scenes for the show, while Curtis was yet to make his debut on the Hollyoaks set.

Speaking about joining the show, AJ said: “I can’t believe we will be featuring on Hollyoaks, we have grown up with the show on TV and it’s always been one of our favourite serial dramas. Our characters are fantastic, and we can’t wait for everyone to see how we bring them to life.”

Curtis Pritchard

Curtis Pritchard

Love Island 2019 star Curtis Pritchard is joining the cast of Hollyoaks as a guest star alongside his real-life brother AJ this spring.

While we don’t know much about their characters just yet, the duo will be playing twins who help open Trish’s dance school, according to Mail Online.

On joining the show, Curtis said: “I am so excited to be working with my brother AJ on a show we grew up watching!  I am also excited to continue our journey together with Channel 4 & E4.”

Shaqeel “Shaq” Qureshi (Omar Malik)

hollyoaks shaq

There is a new charmer on hs way to Hollyoaks soon in the form of Shaq Qureshi, the step cousin of established character Sami Maalik (Rishi Nair). And he is set to make quite the entrance as he turns up dressed for his wedding – only he has ditched his wife to be on the day of the nuptials.

Speaking about joining the soap, Malik said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Maaliks as Shaq – bringing energy, charm and mischief to the Hollyoaks village! The brilliant cast and crew went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and relaxed. I love coming to work here at Hollyoaks, a proper family vibe. I hope everyone enjoys watching Shaq, just as much as I enjoy playing him!”

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