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Ex EastEnders star Kierston Wareing joins the cast of Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks has announced the casting of former EastEnders star Kierston Wareing (who played Kirsty Branning in Albert Square) as a vixen, Ashley Davidson.

Ashley turns up and shocks Trevor Royle (Greg Wood) at The Loft. She demands the money she lost whan Carly stole a valuable ring of hers. Her arrival noticeably sets Trevor on edge.

Kierston said: "I would describe Ashley as a control freak - I don't believe she has a nice bone in her body, but I'm enjoying every minute of playing her. I’m also thoroughly enjoying working with Greg Wood, Jorgie Porter and Charlie Wernham among others. Their characters are just a few who get manipulated by Ashley in some way or another, so stayed tuned to see if she gets want she wants..."

Hollyoaks also announced the casting of Nana McQueen's abusive ex, Derek Clough played by Bruce Montague.

Nana McQueen (Diane Langton) is stunned when former flame, Derek calls her from hospital and tells her he’s dying. She is met by opposition from wayward daughter, Reenie (Zoe Lucker), who demands that her mother stay away from Derek. Torn between her heart and her head, Nana decides go against Reenie’s words of warning and visits her long-lost lover. But why is Reenie so horrified at the thought of Derek coming back into their lives?

Bruce commented: “I've done a lot of television over the years, but working to a soap schedule is a true test of character. However, nobody complains and the cast are true professionals. I’m also preparing for an exciting stage role but my character in Hollyoaks, Derek, could not be in greater contrast.

"May Hollyoaks go from strength to strength, it certainly deserves to. The actors with whom I worked most closely – Diane Langton, Zoe Lucker, Twinnie-Lee Moore and Kai Owen - are consummate.”