Ste to get three sisters in Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks' Ste Hay is set to be joined by his three sisters on screen - Leela, Tegan and Peri.
Ex-Emmerdale actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter portrays Leela, Jessica Ellis plays Tegan, while Ruby O'Donnell has been cast as youngest sister Peri in Hollyoaks.
The trio, along with brother Ste (Kieron Richardson) and parents Danny (Stephen Billington) and Sam Lomax (Lizzie Roper), will be seen together for the first time when they rally around Tegan after she gives birth to a baby girl within hours of arriving in the village, without having any idea that she was even pregnant.
Hollyoaks' executive producer Brian Kirkwood previously said that he was interested in introducing Ste's siblings to viewers.
"Ste is undoubtedly one of our most important characters, and I'm so impressed with everything Kieron has done in the role. He's become a real star in the past few years," he told Digital Spy.
"I was conscious of the fact that Ste was languishing on his own with no family around him, so that's something we're going to change by bringing in Ste's sisters. I'm eager to bring in a strong female force."
Tegan, Leela and Peri's first scenes will be shown on Hollyoaks in October.
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