Hollyoaks‘ Tom Cunningham (Ellis Hollins) has been kidnapped, orphaned, survived a automotive crash, narrowly escaped an exploding faculty, develop into a father earlier than doing his GCSEs and inherited 1,000,000 pound fortune – and he’s nonetheless in his teenagers.
As is usually the case in soaps, one actor can play actually a lifetime of drama for a personality. Hollins took over the function when he – and Tom – had been simply three and is a number of weeks off his 20th birthday, so has actually been by means of the mill along with his lovable alter ego.
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However, as he tells RadioTimes.com, something is feasible with regards to predicting the longer term for the little lad we’ve watched mature into a smart younger man over the past 17 years.
“I really feel Tom is coming of age now,” he laughs. “He’s the top of the household by default, as he’s the one surviving Cunningham male! Prefer it or not, he’s the person of the home. When he’s older he’ll need to take after his brother Max, or his dad Gordon, each of whom had been entrepreneurs and really family-oriented.
“I reckon Tom could have about eight extra children, turning the Cunninghams into one other large clan just like the McQueens, all of them named after his many lifeless relations! The advantage of my character is there may be a lot potential and he will be taken in any course.”
For the rapid future, Tom is on the centre of this 12 months’s annual stunt (starting on Monday 28th October on E4) which is attributable to a catastrophe on the constructing website of his new enterprise enterprise with large sister Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) – a lined market within the village.
Grasping Cindy has ignored well being and security rules and structural risks of constructing on historic tunnels beneath, which causes a collapsed crane to sink into the bottom and all kinds of carnage that places lives in peril – and blows the manufacturing price range.
“Tom’s the undertaking supervisor because it’s his cash Cindy is utilizing, however she ignores his warnings it won’t be secure to drill and takes over,” laughs Hollins. “Nobody listens to Tom and all of it spirals uncontrolled. When it goes fallacious he takes no pleasure in saying, ‘I instructed you so,’ as he doesn’t need to be proper – he’s misplaced cash, fame and the possibility to run a enterprise. He needed this to succeed.”
Cindy’s impatience and recklessness units off a series of occasions that sees Nancy and Darren Osbourne buried within the tunnels, drunk Luke Morgan taking management of the crane and dropping a metal girder on ex-wife Mandy Morgan, and secret lovers Scott Drinkwell and Mitchell Devereux trapped within the derelict florist as catastrophe strikes. To say she’ll have some making as much as do along with her brother is an understatement…
“Cindy at all times takes benefit of Tom as a result of he inherited the life insurance coverage coverage money from his mother and father, Gordon and Helen, who had been killed in a 2004 automotive accident. There’s dangerous blood however he normally forgives her, and this was an accident so hopefully gained’t have an effect on their relationship.
Rising up in public
“Steph and I get on nice in actual life, I’ve recognized her for therefore lengthy we’re like household. We’re very sincere with one another, and even when we’ve got the odd disagreement we feed it into the characters as they fall out rather a lot! Steph has watched me develop up which suggests we’ve got a chemistry and a historical past between us that comes throughout on display and makes the connection plausible. I’m blissful we’re doing extra scenes collectively in the mean time.”
Rising up on TV and making the transition from cute youngster star to grown up actor will be tough, however you couldn’t meet a extra grounded individual than Hollins. If something, he’s loving his job much more the older he will get.
“I’ve been right here for 17 years and know everybody in each division, it’s like a household and I like it. You do suppose hypothetically what it may be like to depart, even Invoice Roache in Corrie will need to have thought of it, however I’m blissful the place I’m.
“For years I got here to work with my mum as my chaperone and went again residence to Manchester each day. Now I’ve moved to Liverpool the place the present is filmed, I stay by myself however I can combine socially with folks right here in a approach I couldn’t earlier than.
“And folks deal with me in a different way which is nice. I’m practically 20, I’m not a toddler any extra I’m an grownup and everybody at Hollyoaks sees me as that now. I’m one of many lads! Being a bit older has introduced an entire new degree of enjoyment of the work, and friendships too.
“I don’t thoughts in any respect when followers say they bear in mind me once I was six years outdated, and I perceive everybody has watched me develop up, so long as they don’t discuss to me like I’m nonetheless six!”
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