Jesse to reunite with Footballers' wife Gillian in Hollyoaks

Footballers' Wives star Jesse Birdsall is to reunite with his wife from the ITV series, Gillian Taylforth, in Hollyoaks.

Jesse played football manager Roger Webb in the soapy ITV drama, who was married to Gillian's character Jackie. Now Jesse has been signed up by Hollyoaks producers to play the love interest of Sandy Roscoe, played by Gillian, according to The Sun.

Jesse also played Costa del Sol bad boy Marcus Tandy in the BBC soap flop Eldorado, which ran for just one year until 1993, and he also appeared in a couple of episodes of EastEnders in 2012.

Sandy's son Joe (Ayden Callaghan) sets up Jesse's character Fraser Black with his mum to try to tempt her away from Dodger Savage (Danny Mac) and towards someone her own age.

A source said: "Fraser's arrival will really shake things up.

"Sandy's boys are unhappy about her relationship with Dodger and Fraser appears to be the perfect answer - at first."


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