Hollyoaks has officially announced that Richard Blackwood is joining the cast, revealing who he will be playing.
Yesterday (January 23), Digital Spy exclusively revealed that the former EastEnders star was being lined up for a role after he was spotted on set at Lime Pictures studios in Liverpool, where the Channel 4 soap is filmed.
Now, the show has confirmed the casting, with Richard playing Felix Westwood, a past love interest of Martine Deveraux (Kéllé Bryan).
Felix is also the father of Mitchell Deveraux (Imran Adams) and his long-lost twin Toby Faroe (Bobby Gordon).
"I feel amazed and honoured to join the cast of Hollyoaks," Richard said. "After finishing at EastEnders, I did a few plays and a TV show for America.
“Now, I feel ready with what I've learnt in my hiatus to be a part of this show. I plan to take my acting to the next level and this character will help tremendously with that growth!"
Meanwhile, Imran expressed his excitement at Richard joining the cast, saying: "Richard Blackwood has been a cultural British icon for so many years. I remember being young and watching him on shows like MTV Base and BBC One and just being out there living his dreams.
"As a young black man, it was such an inspiration for me to see, and to have him be cast as my TV dad is something I will hold with me for a very long time.
"He's such a charming, personable, hardworking guy and I feel like, because of those attributes, he will be a perfect fit in the Deveraux clan who are loved by so many Hollyoaks fans.
"It's great to see such an iconic show have such diversity, and I know that Hollyoaks will continue to be the leader with that topic and I'm grateful to have him on board."
Richard's first scenes as Felix will air in the spring.
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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