New McQueen in-law on the Hollyoaks block, Dan Tetsell, has revealed his shock at being cast as a regular in the award-winning Channel 4 soap!
Dan burst on to our Hollyoaks screens last year as the dodgy barrister, Jim McGinn, used by the McQueen’s to get Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) off the hook for perverting the course of justice for the framing of Mitzeee Minniver (Rachel Shenton).
He more than proved himself worthy of their affection by not just getting Mercy off, but managing to get her lover, Paul Browning (Joseph Thompson) acquitted for the murder of Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan) in the process.
Since then he has remained a regular in the Village (he even has a head shot in the title credits and everything) becoming the business partner of Browning and even managing to land himself a McQueen babe, Carmel (Gemma Merna) too!
However, despite becoming a firm favourite amongst cast and fans alike, Dan admits that he never in his wildest dreams could imagine being part of the beautiful world that is Hollyoaks.
He explained to Inside Soap:
“It was quite a surprise to get the call. I’d auditioned previously for the part of a lowlife businessman who tried to pick up Mercedes in a hotel, and I didn’t get that.
“I went away thinking, ‘I look like a lowlife businessman, surely?’ But when the role of Jim came up and I got it, I thought, ‘I’m never going to get this offer again – I’ve got to do it!’
“I watched the first ever [Hollyoaks] episode, which dates me horribly I suspect! My flatmate from that time is very excited that Nick Pickard is still in it – frankly, that scored me big points with my friends. They all think it’s absolutely hilarious that I’m now hanging around with all these attractive, beautiful people!”
The actor went on to explain how he would like to work more with Joe Tracini who plays Dennis Savage more:
“We know each other from the sitcom world. He once auditioned for a show that I’d written, but it didn’t get made, so neither of us won on that one! When I told people that I’d got the job on Hollyoaks, they assumed I’d be playing Dennis’s dad.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD.