Hollyoaks William Hall leaving Channel 4 soap after nine years as Lucas Hay

Child star William Hall has announced he is leaving Hollyoaks after nine years on the hit Channel 4 show.

The young actor has played Lucas Hay since 2014 and was the third actor to play the role, taking over from previous stars Reuben Thwaites and Jude Hawley.

On the show, William's character is the son of Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) and Amy Barnes (Ashley Slanina-Davies) and half-brother of Leah Barnes (Elá-May Demircan) and Hannah Hay-O'Connor (Maddison Allen).

The actor, 14, posted the announcement on his Instagram page on Sunday (October 9) writing: "Thats a wrap on #lucashay wow it’s been an amazing 9 years playing this character and not one moment has been bad.

"Honestly, I am so happy to be able to say I have been part of the Hollyoaks family and although it is sad I’m leaving, I’m leaving with happy memories."

He concluded: "Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it means a lot. Can’t wait to see what the future brings and to share it with you!"

And fans were quick to wish him well. One wrote: "We love you William, good luck for everything and will always still support you!! Thanks for bringing us Lucas."

Another added: "Lucas Hay was definitely a character made for you." A third person said: "Good luck for the future"

While a fourth person added: "Going to miss you."

William's co-stars also popped up to wish William luck with his future plans as Jayden Fox who plays Bobby Costello in the soap said: "Good luck Will."

While Erin Palmer, who plays Ella Richardson said: "We will all miss you will !! good luck in the future."

William's other acting credits include appearing alongside Steve Coogan and Lisa Millett in the BBC Drama Sunshine when he was only a week old.

And in 2013 he was the lead in the Aldi Christmas Commercial.

It comes as former Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson is one of the latest stars to be announced as aDancing On Ice2023 contestant.

The actress and West End star shared her excitement at the news ahead of her appearance on the show next year.

Carley said: "I'm so excited that I get to learn how to dance… on ice! I'm terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience."

The actress, who has also appeared in Holby City and in the West End, will joinRuPaul's Drag Race UK 2019 winner The Vivienne,EastEnders' Patsy Palmer, John Fashanu, comedian Darren Harriott, Corrie'sMollie Gallagher,Olympic Gymnast Nile Wilsonand Love Island winnerEkin-Su Cülcüloğlu.

And another ex-Hollyoak's star is currently dancing up a storm every Saturday night. Will Mellor used to play "Jambo" in the soap and at the weekend (October 9), his performance with partner Nancy Xu got fans talking, as the toe tapping duo performed a sensual American Smooth to Dirty Dancing track Cry to Me.

Channelling Patrick Swayze in high waisted black trousers and fitted white shirt, Will dazzled the judges and audience alike with his performance, which fittingly kicked off with Nancy carrying a watermelon just like in the movie.

The dance earned the pair an impressive combined score of 33 overall from the judging panel.

Fans at home also couldn’t get enough of the performance, with many taking to social media to praise the couple for their impressive performance, with several even dubbing it their favourite yet, in all 20 series of the show.

“Will and Nancy. I love partnership. Your chemistry is on point. Will your routine was full of style and so sensual. Nancy, stunning choreography. Will and Nancy you have to Win.,” gushed one fan shortly after the performance.


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