22 May 2017, 14:59
The actor is bringing popular character Luke Morgan home...
As soap comebacks go, this one is a doozy. It’s been confirmed that actor Gary Lucy is returning to Hollyoaks – after 15 years away! Gary starred as the hugely popular Luke Morgan on the show between 1999 and 2002, and the Daily Star Sunday reported that Gary was already on set in Liverpool filming again last week. Excitingly, this isn’t just a guest stint, as he’s been given an 18-month contract to return to the show.
Long term Hollyoaks fans will remember that Gary's original stint on the show included a ground breaking storyline that saw his character Luke become the victim of male rape.
Luke would later struggle with depression, ultimately leading to a suicide attempt before he left Hollyoaks to become a school football coach in Canada. He returned briefly in 2002 for his parents' second wedding. (Yes, second wedding. This is Soapland).
Gary's heading back to Chester's craziest village. Copyright: Twitter
His work on the soap earned him the title of Best Newcomer at the 2000 British Soap Awards, and he followed up his Hollyoaks stint with a role on the OTT drama Footballers’ Wives, where his character Kyle Pacoe was married to the wonderfully-named Chardonnay.
Gary also took part in two series of Dancing on Ice. In 2010 he finished as runner up, and in 2014’s all star series he placed eleventh. Awks.
The actor has also had television roles on The Bill, as PC Will Fletcher and EastEnders, as bisexual businessman Danny Pennant. Most recently Gary has starred in the stage adaptation of the film The Full Monty.
Hollyoaks has brought back a few old characters in the past eighteen months, including Jude Cunningham (Davinia Taylor), Sam ‘O.B.’ O’Brien (Darren Jeffries) and Finn (James Redmond). But none of them have signed up for a stint as long as Gary Lucy.
The only Hollyoaks characters still around from Luke’s original stint are Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson), Jack Osborne (Jimmy McKenna), Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) and sole original character Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard).
We wonder how Luke has changed and what dramas he’ll bring to Hollyoaks Village?