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'Wouldn't have recognised him!' Fans go wild for Hollyoaks' Bart McQueen's new look

Jonny Clarke plays Bart McQueen in Hollyoaks

The Hollyoaks star was spotted on a fellow actor's instagram page.

We're used to seeing 26-year-old soap star Jonny Clarke aka Bart McQueen from Hollyoaks with his signature skinhead and numerous tattoos.

But in this recent snap, the actor couldn't look more different. Gone is the severe haircut and in its place, a longer, softer style.

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The picture was taken by Hollyoaks' Rory Douglas-Speed, who plays Joel Dexter, and the two appear to be enjoying the heatwave with a day out at a festival.

The caption reads: 'It's only BART MCQUEEN!!!! great seeing you yesterday @jonnyclarke66! Love you man! X'

And soap fans were quick to comment on Jonny's new look.

'He looks much better with a bit more weight and that beard...' one user wrote.

Another said: 'He's a lot hairier! But he's looking good hehehe x'

'Bart's" hair suits him so much better like that!'

'As if!!!! Wouldn't have recognised him if I'd have fallen over him. Love the curls' and 'Omg I hardly recognised him . He really suits the longer hair'.

Jonny first appeared onscreen at his stepmother's funeral in August 2010 as a new member of the McQueen family. He went on to have a seven-year on-and-off stint on the show, before his murder storyline reached its gruesome end in 2017.

Speaking of when he left the show in 2013, he said: "It was my choice to leave. It was my first job, from the age of 17 to 20, and I felt like I hadn't experienced anything else in the world other than Hollyoaks. I felt, as an actor and a person, that I needed to experience something else in my life.

"Afterwards I did a play called Birdsong around the UK. That was one of the best things I've done and I'm really glad I did it. Having said that, it's been the best thing to come back to Hollyoaks. To do it once is enough, but to do it twice is amazing."

Hollyoaks airs on week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

Lauren Hughes

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