With his on-screen true love Jacqui McQueen now departed from the village for good, Nick Pickard has admitted that he never expects his Hollyoaks contract to be renewed.
The actor, who has played businessman Tony Hutchinson since the hit Channel 4 soap began 18 years ago, has admitted that he is always surprised when he gets asked to stay on year after year!
Discussing his insecurities Pickard, whose character Tony is about to get a double whammy storyline when not only does he discover that his one night stand with Diane O’Connor has left them expecting a baby, but is also diagnosed with testicular cancer, explained to K9 magazine:
“I first joined Hollyoaks when I was 19 years old and I’m now 37, every year I expect it to end – hope it doesn’t – but expect that it could, and every year they keep asking me to stay for another year, so I’m very lucky.
“I don’t know when I became one of the older cast members – I’m now on the ‘over 25′s’ cast list section!
“Tony’s had some interesting times over the years. They do say they sometimes try to pick parts of your personality out to put into the character but I think we’re so different, I don’t think there are any similarities between us. He’s great to play. He’s got some really exciting times ahead.”
As like all of the current Hollyoaks cast, Pickard went on to express deep praise to the show’s producer Bryan Kirkwood, who recently returned to the show after a spell at BBC rival soap EastEnders, saying:
“Our boss, Bryan Kirkwood, is the most passionate producer. I’ve enjoyed working with everyone on the show so far, but there’s something extra with Bryan.
“He’s so driven, he did a three-year stint and at the end of it he was grey. He came back last year and I think if you have someone at the top so driven to succeed, who puts everything into it then the end results of success and awards follow.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD; Watch some old backstage footage of Nick Pickard in the clip below: