Hollyoaks' Denise Welch praises soap for casual approach to Trish's age gap romance

Amy West
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Hollyoaks star Denise Welch has praised the show for "not making a big deal" about the age gap between her character Trish Minniver and her new love interest Brad King.

Prompted by recent rumours surrounding Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde's relationship, the actor joined with her fellow Loose Women panellists on Wednesday's (January 6) show to discuss whether or not they'd date someone younger.

While Welch mostly kept her private life out of it, she did draw attention to a storyline that's currently unfolding on the Channel 4 soap.

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"What's great about Hollyoaks is that although I'm 62 and so is Trish, [actor] Tom [Benedict Knight] is 44, and although there is an age gap and that's quite obvious, they're not making a big deal of it," she told Janet Street-Porter, Judi Love and Ruth Langsford.

"It's just about the two of them and what they get up to, the age thing is not really that relevant," Welch continued.

"That's fantastic because we all know that when you watch films and TV shows with women in their 60s, they're kind of being written as a granny, whereas I'm still after a booty call, so there you go!"

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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The idea that Trish is getting a new "hunky lover" on the long-running drama was teased back in November, when Welch talked about being welcomed by the cast.

"I've got someone very, very, very, very easy on the eye," she teased at the time.

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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