The soap is gearing up to explore the dark issue of 'County Lines' drug dealing, which refers to gangs from big cities who target young people and vulnerable adults to sell their drugs in smaller towns around the country, with a New Year's hour-long flashforward special.
And, as well as launching its major new plotline, Hollyoaks will also be introducing Sid Sumner's (Billy Price) older cousin Jordan Price in the episode, which will air first on Friday, December 27 on E4 and then on Monday, December 30 on Channel 4.
Connor Calland has been cast as Jordan, who has been living a dark life of crime for the past few years and involving himself in the drugs trade, including targeting young people to sell drugs for him.
His character is described as confident, chaotic and unpredictable, and he'll quickly get involved with the Lomax family after Leela (Kirsty-Leigh Porter) offers to foster Sid.
The new storyline will explore the true impact that county lines deals have on the families and children who are involved. In the flashforward episode, viewers will be given a glimpse into how the teens' lives have changed as a result of county lines a year later.
Discussing his new role, Connor said: "I'm really excited to come into the Hollyoaks village and work with the loveliest, and most talented, bunch of people; even more so, coming in with such a hard hitting and relevant storyline.
"Hopefully with this opportunity, we can help bring some light to the issue in real life."
Connor is set to make his debut appearance during the hour-long New Year's episode.
Hollyoaks' hour-long special flashforward episode will first air on E4 at 7pm on Friday, December 27. Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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