HOLLYOAKS is so riddled with scandals that fans would be forgiven for thinking it’s cursed.
The Channel 4 soap opera has been the subject of shocking allegations of racism, fights and drinking problems behind the scenes – with some abandoning their roles and former actors slamming the show.
Here are the big moments when the real-life off-screen drama eclipsed the plotlines of the soap opera.
Row of racism
The show has been embroiled in a racism scandal in recent weeks after actress Rachel Adedeji denounced the show’s social media post and podcast for Black Lives Matters.
She made a series of shocking allegations about behind-the-scenes incidents which were supported by other cast members.
The soap opera launched a step-by-step investigation and plan to tackle all racism – but when other allegations came to light by former stars, Marnie Nightingale actress Lysette Anthony called them ‘traitors’ .
This sparked an immediate reaction, with her posts being made public by Charlie Clapham and Rachel calling her “absolute trash”.
The Sun Online exclusively revealed how Rachel had decided to stop the soap opera after four years playing Lisa Loveday.
Chelsee Healey at an illegal rave
The Goldie McQueen actress was forced to apologize after breaking lockdown rules and witnessing an illegal ‘quarantine rave’ that completely ruined a Manchester mole painted by LS Lowry.
More than 4,000 people – including former Hollyoaks star Malique Thompson-Dwyer – attended the rave, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
The rave – and another in Carrington, Manchester, to the left man dies of drug overdose and cops investigate alleged rape of 18-year-old girl and three serious stab wounds.
After being photographed breaking the lockdown again, Chelsee apologized, saying, “Saturday night I made a stupid mistake. I now realize that was irresponsible and I am so sorry.”
Stephanie Davis resigns
The actress played Sinead O’Connor for ten years on and off, and her time on the show hasn’t always been a positive one.
She was fired in 2016 for her behavior on set and signed up for Celebrity Big Brother before her drinking got out of hand.
Clean, sober and in good health, Stephanie made a soap opera return in 2018 as Sinead, but nine months ago she took a hiatus after admitting that she had attempted suicide and that she had been hospitalized just before her suicide attempt.
Last night she announced she was definitely walking away: “Sometimes we make decisions based not on what we want but on what we know to be right!
“I have loved bringing Sinead to your homes for the past ten years, but it was with a heavy heart that I decided to leave Hollyoaks and now look forward to working on some exciting new projects.”
Jamie Lomas fight
At last year’s TV Choice Awards Jamie Lomas was involved in a fight when he was threatened by former Emmerdale star Asan N’Jie.
The pair were separated by stunned cast members before “they did it again.”
In a clip of the breakup, Asan yells, “Do you think you’re fucking a fat man? I’ll fucking kill you. “
James corden fat ashamed
The Late Late Show host, 41, played a caretaker named Wayne and revealed he stood up to show executives they were trying to poke fun at his character’s eating habits with posters junk food hanging on the wall.
In an interview with The New Yorker in January, multimillionaire star James criticized Hollyoaks for shaming his character and said it was “hell on earth” in the soap opera.
The TV host said: “They were really, really mean.”
He added, “I remember saying to the guy, ‘I don’t know anyone who would take a picture of a hot dog and a burger and stick them on the wall. “”
James has never regretted his time at Hollyoaks, where he worked in 1999 and 2000.
He has no desire to return to the set and reprise his role, claiming that he “would rather die”.
Laila Rouass bullied to undress
The actress played a police detective on the soap opera in 2003, but says she paid for her release from her contract on the show so she could leave soon after her treatment.
She tweeted earlier this month how she had been “bullied” into undressing for the show’s schedule.
Laila wrote: “When I told you that I didn’t want to be on your annual calendar where we asked to wear almost nothing, you still booked my flight to Spain.
“Your reasoning…“ we don’t have anyone like you on the show. ”The pressure you put on me made me feel helpless and stuck …
“I got on this plane, I took the pictures, I felt dirty and weak afterwards, but luckily I found another job, I paid for my release from the contract (which I never have heard from an actor) And I wasn’t featured on the schedule It was the best money I spent.
Parry Glasspool pendant light
Parry Glasspool, who played Harry Thompson in the soap opera before being killed last year, has previously been suspended and fined for a video he posted about domestic violence.
The 30-second clip was titled “When Girls Try to Hide Their Madman …” and showed the actor waving a knife in front of the camera.
He said in the footage: “Baby, I don’t mind you talking to other girls, okay? No, actually I would. I would kill you if you did. I wouldn’t even know how. do it.
“With this knife, I know exactly how to do it. I’ve done it before and will do it again, so don’t even think about it.”
He then apologized and deleted his social media accounts – before returning months later with a naked selfie.