Where are they now: The Hollyoaks edition

Is there life after The Dog and The Pond?

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Reckon the One Direction fandom is hard work? You've clearly never been sucked into a soap. One evening you can't be arsed to find the remote so you sit and watch an episode – five years later you've spent every single evening investing half an hour into the SHEER MADNESS.

It's a fast-paced world over in Eastenders, Corrie, Hollyoaks and the rest of 'em, and characters tend to come and go as they please – but sometimes we do sit and wonder whatever happened to our old faves.

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Today it's the turn of HOLLYOAKS, so do you wanna catch up with 'em all now that they've experienced life after The Dog And The Pond? COURSE YOU DO.

Justin Burton

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Actor: Chris Fountain

What's he up to?: After playing Justin in Hollyoaks for three years, Chris headed over to Corrie for a stint as Jack Duckworth for a while. Since he left in 2013, he's just been 'seeing where life takes him' according to his Twitter bio - but that's obviously the theatre show of The Full Monty, 'cos that's what he's in at the moment. NAKED.

Brendan Brady

Actor: Emmett J Scanlon

What's he up to?: One of Hollyoaks' all time best baddies, Brendan hung up his moustache in 2013, but actor Emmett has been seriously busy since. He was in The Fall as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, and most recently he's starred in Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands. OH, and guess who he married...

Jacqui McQueen

Actor: Claire Cooper

What's she up to?: YEP, JACQUI AND BRENDAN GOT MARRIED IRL. Crazy. Apart from walking down the aisle, Claire's also had a baby and appeared in a few bits and bobs like Waking The Dead and Waterloo Road. Last year she starred in NBC's AD The Bible Continues.

Amy Barnes

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Actor: Ashley Slanina-Davies

What's she up to?: Having given birth as a teenager, suffered an abusive relationship and chopped off her Rapunzel hair, Amy Barnes obviously needed a bit of a rest. We're guessing Ashley need a rest from it all too, because she's basically disappeared off the face of the internet and we've got no idea what she's up to. Soz.

Louise Summers

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Actor: Roxanne McKee

What's she up to?: Roxanne is probably one of the ultimate Hollyoaks success stories, making the transition from Chester to actual GAME OF THRONES. She's already been killed off unfortunately but don't worry too much - she's also got some roles coming up in TV movies Flashback and Alt.

Hannah Ashworth

Actor: Emma Rigby

What's she up to?: Hannah's anorexia battle is known as one of the most iconic Hollyoaks storylines ever, and Emma's amazing performance in that meant that she was lined up for some pretty big projects afterwards. She's well known for her part as The Red Queen in One Upon A Time In Wonderland, and has also recently starred in BBC's Death In Paradise.

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Actor: Jamie Lomas

What's he up to?: Jamie jetted across the pond to try and crack America back in 2012, but came back just a year later when it didn't work too well. Awks He's now back in Hollyoaks (hoorahhh) as of THIS WEEK, which he teased with a slightly threatening looking Instagram pic this afternoon. Woooooo, more murdering and drug dealing - probably.

Kris Fisher

Actor: Gerard McCarthy

What's he up to?: Oooh REMEMBER HIM? Gerard left Hollyoaks ages ago now back in 2010, but is now pretty well known for playing Kevin in The Fall alongside Brendan Brady and Christian Grey/Jamie Dornan. What a squad. He's also an actual WRITER for Hollyoaks these days too, which proves that the circle of life is real.

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Actor: Nico Mirallegro

What's he up to?: Hands up if you fancied Nico? Yup, that's everyone then. You'll probably recognise him from My Mad Fat Diary too, but he's a reeeal busy boy right now filming loads of upcoming projects. Keep an eye out for him in an arty Italian movie called The Habit of Beauty, which all the critics are raving about.

Rhys Ashworth

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Actor: Andrew Moss

What's he up to?: Rhys and his lovely long hair were Hollyoaks veterans having stuck around from 2005 to 2012, and making a brief return in 2014 during Cindy's bipolar storyline. He popped up in a recent episode of Doctors too if you're wondering what he's up to now, and according to Twitter he even had to rap in a bit which is nice.

Mitzeee Minniver

Actor: Rachel Shenton

What's she up to?: Mitzeee with three E's is kind of a big deal over in the States now, having left Hollyoaks to make her American TV debut in season three of ABC Family's Switched At Birth as young student teacher, Lily Summers. As a sidenote, Niall Horan revealed back in 2013 that he fancied the pants off of her, which is always a good life bonus.

Michaela McQueen

Actor: Hollie-Jay Bowes

What's she up to?: Michaela McQueen is pretty much unrecognisable these days having ditched the platinum hair and neon bows for a brand new look. Hollie-Jay still works in TV, having recently done the voice over for Supersize Me amongst a few other bits and bobs. She also recently stuck up for Stephanie Davis in CBB, telling her ex-boyfriend Sam Reece to stop selling stories about her, which is nice.

Sarah Barnes

Actor: Loui Batley

What's she up to?: Loui has tried her hand at a few different things since leaving the show, buying a pub with her husband and starting a singing and acting school. She sings in the band Verity And Violet AND has started her own clothing line, so we're guessing she doesn't have much time to train for swimming anymore. Sarah would be gutted.

Calvin Valentine

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Actor: Ricky Whittle

What's he up to?: Calvin was tragically shot by Teresa McQueen back in 2010 and made a DRAMATIC appearance on the show a year later as a ghost. Excellent. Since then he's hit the gym hard and swapped Chester for LA, where he now stars in US end of the world drama The 100 with a great American accent.

OB

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Actor: Darren Jeffries

What's he up to?: Having been one of the best Hollyoaks characters of all time (probs), Darren later did Channel 4's V Festival coverage, had his own chart show on T4 and also guest presented The Gadget Show. After a big break from acting, OB has now gone back to uni to study at the Manchester School of Acting where he still gets recognised from time to time despite having elss hair now.

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Actor: Matt Littler

What's he up to?: Well you can't mention one without the other, can ya? One of the longest running characters in Hollyoaks and OB's best mate, Matt Littler quit the acting game altogether after his FULLY TRAGIC death. Matt founded a production company called "Roll Camera" and now directs short films in Liverpool.

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Actor: Nathalie Emmanuel

What's she up to?: Probably one of the most famous Hollyoaks alumni of all time, Nathalie has bagged a role in Game of Thrones, played a big part in Fast and Furious 7 last year and was in Maze Runner too. FHM ranked Nathalie as 99th in their "100 Sexiest Women of 2013", which is probably worth a mention - fans paid £35,000 to party with her in a London nightclub back in July. Wowza.

So there you go.

Enjoy this li'l Hollyoaks throwback? Any others you'd love to know about? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape and we'll track 'em down.

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