Hollyoaks: James Farrar cast as Jen’s brother, Liam Gillmore!

by Anna Howell

Secret lovers, Tilly and Jen, are set for more bumps in the road with the arrival of Jens brother, Liam, in Hollyoaks!

Said to be somewhat of a charmer, Liam, played by James Farrar, is set to discover the illicit affair between lesbian teacher and pupil, and will not be best pleased that his sister is risking her blossoming career over the secret fling.

James Farra, who has been cast as Liam Gillmore, spoke to Digital Spy about his new role and life on the set of the popular channel 4 soap.

“It already feels like home, as everyone’s been so welcoming. On screen and off-screen, great relationships are being formed and I’ve made some good friends already.

“The on-screen relationship with my sister is buzzing, and a few of the directors have said that we’ve got quite a natural click between us. So it’s all going good so far.”

On his new character, Farrar commented:

“Liam is a cheeky chappy, he’s a charmer and he’s happy-go-lucky. The essence is in the word ‘lucky’, because everything works out for him. He tends to get what he wants, and he won’t stop until he gets it!

“Liam is also a smooth talker, he’s a positive guy and he looks out for his sister a hell of a lot. You’ll see that in the first week or so – Liam and Jen are very close, and he’s there to help her out in any way he can. He wants to push her career, but at the same time, he doesn’t want to ruin her personal relationships.”

“Liam’s introduction comes when he meets Tilly for the first time, which wasn’t planned by Jen. There’s a lot of secrecy between the characters, as Liam doesn’t know anything about Tilly at first – but he can see by Jen’s behaviour that she’s a bit on edge.

“From then on and once the truth is out, there’s a bit of friction between Liam and Tilly. Things go ahead from there and I couldn’t tell you what the plans are, but friction is definitely the word for what’s ahead between the three of us! I think I’ve come in, caused a bit of havoc and ruffled some feathers within their relationship, which was going so smoothly beforehand.”

With regards to how Jen feels about her brothers interference, he went on:

“Well, as they’ve been brother and sister for so many years, Liam has looked out for Jen forever. When he first comes onto the scene, Jen almost forgets about Tilly for a while. Instead, she considers Liam as the number one, so they go out drinking and partying together.

“The two of them are very close, but I don’t know how appreciative Jen is of Liam getting involved in her and Tilly’s relationship. It seems that I’m butting my nose into something which isn’t really my business…”

“Essentially, he’s just a guy who’s there for a new adventure, and he could go in any direction. He could turn out to be a hindrance to other characters, or he could be the nice guy about town. I love how it’s started, because you don’t really know what’s going on and where it’s going to go.

“There’s a great relationship between Liam and Diane, because he is living at the O’Connor house to start with, so you don’t know what’s going to happen there. You don’t know what’s going to happen with the relationship between Liam and Jen, or Liam and Tilly. So every time I get a script in, it’s very exciting and I can’t wait to get going with it. The storylines at the moment are juicy, and I just can’t wait for them to get juicier.”

Farrar explained how his character will be closely involved with sixth-former, Rob (David Atkins):

“David Atkins and I are very good friends already, as he took me under his wing when I first started. We’re both lads’ lads off screen and outside of work, so we go to the gym together and things like that. I really respect David’s work in the past. I knew him before I came onto Hollyoaks for his work on Shameless and Doctor Who, and then his work in Hollyoaks is brilliant.

“There’s a great relationship between us on screen, too. Considering that David’s character Rob is very much a butch, rugby-playing lad and I’ve come along as this pretty boy who’s ruffling some feathers in the village, we can expect some fireworks between those two.

“I can’t reveal too much, but within a few weeks, you’ll see that we’ve got a bit of a different relationship on screen than we do in real life. We’re fond of each other in real life, but maybe not so much on screen…”

Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD.