Hollyoaks star Ellis Hollins has joked that he was known as the most truant child at his school because he spent so much time on the soap's set growing up.
The 20-year-old actor has played Tom Cunningham since he was 3 years old and so has grown up on the soap with his character, but he revealed on the latest episode of Digital Spy's brand new Soap Scoop podcast that his success on screen led to him getting an undesirable reputation at his school, even if it wasn't actually deserved.
"The secondary school I went to, they used to write down that it was an absence when I was at work," he said. "It should be 'educated off site' if I remember rightly, because I got three hours of tutoring every day that I wasn't in at school.
"My attendance for the first two years of secondary school was 57 percent and I was apparently, statistically, the most truant child at the school. I had missed school more than anyone.
"Those are the struggles that I grew up with, it had happened through primary school as well. It just became somewhat normal. It is quite easy to keep up with, it's just difficult at times like when I was doing GCSEs and stuff like that. Most of the time, it was quite straightforward."
The actor has been involved in a number of high profile stories during his time on the soap, including Tom's abuse at the hands of evil stepmother Clare Devine and his teenage relationship with Peri Lomax, which resulted in daughter Steph being born.
Ellis told us that although he did once toy with the idea of a new career, he now has no desire to leave Hollyoaks and feels "lucky" to have been there for so long.
"The closest thing I have come to considering another career was an ice cream man – that was something I had my heart set on in the earlier years of joining Hollyoaks. That died out and I knew I wanted to become an actor," he said.
"For me, it seems silly to want to do anything else especially given the career I've got now. I have been lucky. I have had a career from growing up and I wouldn't want to tarnish that. I've had a good start in life and I want to use that to the best of my ability.
"I also love Hollyoaks. It's been my other family for the best part of 18 years. I have got life long friends there. It's the same with my mum as she used to chaperone me so she's got friends there as well. I have never and would never consider another job as I've always been so secure and so comfortable with where I am at now."
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.
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