Hollyoaks' Cindy Longford is delighted when her daughter Holly Cunningham returns to the village. Bankrupt business woman Cindy, played by Stephanie Waring, can't afford the bills for 14-year-old Holly's posh boarding school any more so she is coming home after two years. Actress and model Wallis Day (opens in new tab), 18, is taking over the role, which was previously played by Lydia Waters before Holly went away to school in 2010. Wallis said: "I am thrilled as I've been a fan of Hollyoaks for many years. The whole team have been so welcoming and really friendly - it's like being part of a large family and they've taught me so much already. "Holly is a really exciting character with plenty of surprises up her sleeve, so you'd better watch to see what happens. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and I'm enjoying every minute!" At first Holly seems to have become very well-mannered, but as she refuses to give up the lifestyle she becomes accustomed to, her bratty nature comes out and she is revealed to be a real chip off the old block of catty mum Cindy. But Cindy is so pleased to have her daughter back she doesn't seem to notice how badly Holly is behaving and how much she resents her. Meanwhile, it has also been revealed that Dodger Savage's twin sister Sienna Blake has been recast. Actress Anna Passey will play the role, instead of Emily Lawrence, who was announced as having been cast earlier this month. Anna and Wallis will make their Hollyoaks debuts in November.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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