Zoe Lucker joins the cast of Hollyoaks as Reenie McQueen

Ex EastEnders and Footballers' Wives star Zoe Lucker is joining Hollyoaks, as Reenie McQueen, the daughter of Nana McQueen and mum of Porsche, Celine and Cleo.

Reenie will appear on screen for the first time in April and began filming on the Channel 4 soap this week.

Zoe said: “I am really excited to be joining Hollyoaks - especially as a McQueen! Reenie is a very complex character and will, in time, have a very interesting story to tell. Now I just can’t wait to start filming.”

Hollyoaks' executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: “I am delighted to be working again with Zoe.

“In my mind there was only one person to tell Reenie's important story and thankfully she was as intrigued by the character as we are.

“We are thrilled that Zoe will be becoming a McQueen and know that she will bring Reenie to life for our audience.”

Reenie will at first be seen behind bars, but will later become a regular character in the village.

A Hollyoaks spokesperson said: “Reenie is a good-time party girl without an ‘off’ switch and can be exhausting company although deep down she is the most vulnerable of Nana’s children.

“She hasn’t set the best example to her three girls, who she raised largely on her own and frequently lets them down.

“Emotionally she’s got issues and sometimes it’s difficult to tell just who the mother is and who is the daughter.”

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