First look at Jake Quickenden in Hollyoaks as hunky builder Woody

Hollyoaks have released a first look at Jake Quickenden as hunky builder Woody.

The Dancing on Ice winner, 30, will be joining the Channel 4 soap in time for their explosive autumn storyline.

It will be the first time Jake has dipped his toe into the world of soap after appearing on a slew of reality TV shows including The X Factor and I'm A Celebrity. Jake also recently appeared on stage in musical Hair.

In a brand new press picture on set, Jake flashes his six pack underneath a yellow fluorescent vest.

Tattooed Jake smolders at the camera lens as his arm hooks over the Hollyoaks sign.


His character's work tools are at hand in a nifty pouch tied over his low-slung jeans.

Jake has been filming alongside fellow Dancing on Ice star Stephanie Waring for the scenes, which air in October for the action-packed stunt week.

Speaking about his first day on set, Jake said: “It’s very exciting and it’s a privilege. Hollyoaks is such an amazing show and it’s been around for so long; to be asked to come and have a role on it, it’s amazing.

“I’m really happy. I’ve had a great day and everyone’s so sound. It’s nice to arrive somewhere new and know someone like Steph [Waring] too, she’s made it really easy to fit in.”

Returning to Hollyoaks are fan favourites Jamie Lomas, who plays Warren Fox, and James Sutton, who plays John Paul McQueen.

This will come as a relief to fans after the heartbreaking death of Harry Thompson.

Speaking about James' return, Hollyoaks boss Bryan Kirkwood said: "James Sutton’s creation, John Paul McQueen, is one of the most beloved characters in Hollyoaks’ history. We are delighted to have him back, to bring some stability to the chaotic McQueen household and to be a figurehead at Hollyoaks High.

“John Paul has featured in two of Hollyoaks’ biggest ever stories. With so many loose ends in the village and a few ex-lovers, we are looking forward to another ground-breaking chapter.”

*Hollyoaks airs tonight at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and 7pm on E4

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