This former EastEnder is joining the cast of Hollyoaks!

(Image credit: C4)

Hollyoaks have announced Richard Blackwood will play Martine's ex and the Devereaux twins' DAD as he becomes the latest newcomer to join the soap

Hollyoaks has announced that former EastEnders actor, Richard Blackwood is joining the cast and will play Felix Westwood, a past love interest of Martine Deveraux (Kelle Bryan).

Richard Blackwood joins the cast of Hollyoaks

Felix is also the father of Mitchell Deveraux (Imran Adams) and his long-lost twin Toby Faroe (Bobby Gordon).

Mitchell Deveraux in Hollyoaks

Mitchell Deveraux (pictured) was raised by his mother and his grandfather, Walter

Richard left EastEnders almost two years ago after his character Vincent was held at gunpoint by a corrupt police officer, but his fate was never revealed.

"I feel amazed and honoured to join the cast of Hollyoaks," Richard said. "After finishing at EastEnders, I did a few plays and a TV show for America.

“Now, I feel ready with what I've learnt in my hiatus to be a part of this show. I plan to take my acting to the next level and this character will help tremendously with that growth!"

Celeste and Toby Faroe

Toby Faroe pictured with his wife Celeste (Image credit: James Stack)

Meanwhile, Imran Adams who has been nominated for best newcomer at the National Television Awards and will be playing his on-screen son, is extremely excited to start working with the star and says he has was an inspiration to him growing up.

Imran said: "Richard Blackwood has been a cultural British icon for so many years. I remember being young and watching him on shows like MTV Base and BBC One and just being out there living his dreams. As a young black man, it was such an inspiration for me to see, and to have him be cast as my TV dad is something I will hold with me for a very long time.

Mitchell Deveraux and mum Martine

Mitchell Deveraux pictured with his mum Martine

Imran continued: "He's such a charming, personable, hardworking guy and I feel like, because of those attributes, he will be a perfect fit in the Deveraux clan who are loved by so many Hollyoaks fans."

Richard's first scenes as Felix will air in the spring.

Hollyoaks is shown weekdays on C4 at 6.30pm with the next episode following on E4


Tess Lamacraft
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Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.