The handsome family: Hollyoaks introduces Grace Black's half-brothers, the Donovans


Hollyoaks has introduced a new clan, the Donovans, three brothers who will make their debut ont he Channel 4 soap in April.

Adam, Liam and Jesse are the half-brothers of Grace Black and are played by, respectively, Jimmy Essex, Maxim Baldry and Luke Jerdy.

Hollyoaks said the trio are as thick as thieves, while eldest boy Adam has a conscience missing from his half-sister Grace, Liam is the ladies' man who 'never has a third date' and Jesse's over-enthusiasm often gets him 'friend-zoned'.


Jimmy said: "I'm so thrilled to be starting the show, Hollyoaks is already starting to feel like home. Adam has some amazing storylines coming up and I can't wait to share them with the fans. The Donovan brothers are definitely going to cause a stir."

Luke said: “I'm really happy to be joining the team at Hollyoaks. There's an exciting collective energy and positive spirit to make the show the best it can be.

“I'm hoping my character Jesse can bring an infectious enthusiasm and lots of laughter to the screen. He's cheeky, loyal and has a real zest for life.”

Maxim said: “I'm really excited to be joining the team at Hollyoaks. The cast and crew have been super welcoming and helped me settle into life in Liverpool smoothly. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Liam, but if his first scenes are anything to go by, he’s going to get to know some of the Hollyoaks ladies very well…”

Patrick McLennan

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