C4 soap Hollyoaks have unveiled the new family who are set to cause chaos in the village when they rock up in Chester next month joining existing character Liberty Savage (Abi Phillips). Earlier today, bosses revealed that we would be introduced to her family and late this afternoon, details on her family were revealed.
Joining Liberty will be her geeky brother Will who is to be played by James Atherton, James' first major role since studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Speaking of his casting, Atherton commented: ''It all happened really quickly and I'd started filming before I had time to think. Everyone's just been so friendly and made it really easy to settle in. Will is awkward, shy and a hopeless romantic that viewers will hopefully fall in love with.''
Also new to the cast is Wicked star Danny Mac who will play Del Boy-style Mark ''Dodger'' Savage,the brother of Will and Liberty. The new character will quickly get down to stirring things up in the village with his wily ways and will eventually have the ladies eating out of his hand.
Speaking about the new character, Danny said:''I am over the moon, the last few weeks have been crazy and Dodger's kept me on my toes every second. It's exciting not knowing what he's going to get up to next, and believe me the limits are endless. I can't wait for people to meet him! The cast are such a close family and have been very welcoming to us lads. I am proud to be a Savage and live in anticipation every second to see what the next mov is for the family.''
Heading up the family is David Kennedy who will play father to the three siblings, Dirk Savage. The patriarch will share many qualities with cheeky Dodger and is set to charm village matriarch Myra Mc Queen (Nicole Barber-Lane). Kennedy has previously appeared in BBC drama series such as Eastenders and Holby City.
Speaking about the new family, a statement from Hollyoaks teased: ''The new family will take the village by storm and are set to rub all the McQueens up the wrong way. The Savage family get evicted from their home when Dirk can't keep up with the payments. Liberty is furious to come home and find her house all boarded up but big brother Dodger has a new house for them all to live in!''
However, the new house is already inhabited as they discover when an angry Myra and family return to find the family squatting in their house! Expect fireworks! See the antics of the Savage family when they make their way to Chester next month!