Hollyoaks needed a bad boy

New 'Hollyoaks' producer Paul Marquess felt the soap was lacking a bad boy character until he took the helm

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Emmett J. Scanlan who plays Brendan Brady

Emmett Scanlan who plays Brendan Brady

'Hollyoaks' producer Paul Marquess felt the soap was lacking a bad boy.

The Channel 4 show's boss - who worked on 'The Bill' and 'Brookside' prior to the Chester-based series - admitted he never "bought" Calvin Valentine (Ricky Whittle) being a bad guy, and thought the soap needed an injection of nastiness, prompting him to introduce Brendan Brady, played by Emmett Scanlan.

He explained: "There was absolutely a gap since Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) left last year. And I never really bought Calvin being bad, because we knew him too well as a nice guy.

"I told the casting department that I really wanted to bring in Cheryl's brother, and I wanted him to be a bad boy, and they ran around the room shouting, 'Emmett Scanlan!' It was the fourth time they'd tried to get him in the show, and as soon as he walked in, I said, 'You've got the part!' "

The producer revealed 'Hollyoaks' fans are set to see much riskier storylines as he continues to develop the soap's new characters.

He added to Inside Soap magazine: "I'd really like the viewers to feel as though watching 'Hollyoaks' is a completely different experience to watching any of the other soaps. I think we take more risks and have much more fun with the show - but at the same time, we hit those really dramatic story points."

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