Hollyoaks confirms return for Cleo's abuser Pete Buchanan

Justin Harp
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

The following article contains discussion of sexual abuse that some readers may find upsetting.

Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Hollyoaks has confirmed that Cleo McQueen's abuser Pete Buchanan will return to the soap.

Following recent hints that Cleo (Nadine Mulkerrin) would have a blast from her past, it has now been confirmed that Kai Owen is reprising his role as Pete for a new mental health storyline.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

His reappearance comes when Cleo is unsettled after receiving a phone call from an unknown number. She opens up to boyfriend Toby (Bobby Gordon) about her past trauma, not knowing about his violent tendencies.

Toby is determined to get justice on Cleo's behalf, but she soon realises what he's up to and worries that Pete may actually now be back in the village.

Celeste (Andrea Ali) tries to assure Cleo her fears over Pete returning to Hollyoaks are unwarranted, with neither having any idea that the evil abuser is actually watching their conversation.

Cleo will revisit her past trauma in a special mental health-themed episode on April 7, where Luke, Mandy and Cindy also look back on difficult moments from their own pasts.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

In this episode, Cleo will have to face her trauma when she has a showdown with Pete, while Toby comes to grips with his own abusive childhood as he attempts to protect his girlfriend.

Viewers will know that Toby's history of violence stems from childhood abuse at the hands of phony psychiatrist Dr Ley, who was arrested earlier in the year.

By the end of this dramatic week, Cleo will be stunned to learn how far Toby has gone to get revenge on evil abuser Pete on her behalf.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Hollyoaks will be airing these scenes in the week beginning Monday, April 5 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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