Hollyoaks: Jennifer Metcalfe, Steph Davis and Stuart Manning back on set

Hollyoaks, Jennifer Metcalfe

Hollyoaks stars Jennifer Metcalfe, Steph Davis and Stuart Manning have some summer fun shooting scenes for the soap's new opening titles.

Jennifer Metcalfe is back on the Hollyoaks set in Liverpool after taking maternity leave from the Channel 4 soap to give birth to her first child, Daye, with partner Greg Lake.

The actress, who makes her on screen return in August as Mercedes McQueen during special episodes filmed in Mallorica, was joined on set by both Stephanie Davis and Stuart Manning to shoot their scenes for the Hollyoaks opening titles.

Hollyoaks, Steph Davis

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Both Stephanie and Stuart are returning to their roles of Sinead O'Connor and Russ Owen after quitting to take part in other TV projects including Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother and ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.

Hollyoaks, Stuart Manning

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And seeing as the country is in the middle of a summer heatwave, what better excuse for a few Hollyoaks cast members to strip off for the occasion? Check out these photos of newcomer David Tag, who plays Sylver McQueen. Plus Duayne Boachie (Zack), Jessamy Stoddart (Liberty) and Parry Glasspool (Harry) all made good use of the village hot tub!

Hollyoaks, David Tag

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Hollyoaks, Duayne Boachie, Jessamy Stoddart, Parry Glasspool

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Meanwhile, Talia Grant, the real-life daughter of TV singing coaches Carrie and David Grant, shows she is sticking around as autistic teenager Brooke Hathaway by having some bouncy castle fun which will be seen in the show's new opening titles.

Hollyoaks, Talia Grant

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Hollyoaks continues weekdays at 6:30pm on Channel 4

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