With any new soap family there are many skeletons unpacked with the good china when moving into town, and the Roscoe’s are apparently no exception!
Fans of the award-winning Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks will know how the Roscoe’s – mum Sandy (Gillian Taylforth) and sons Joe (Ayden Callaghan), Ziggy (Fabrizio Santino), Freddie (Charlie Clapham) and twins Robbie (Charlie Wernham) and Jason (Alfie Browne-Sykes), arrived in the fateful village of Hollyoaks last month, and it wasn’t long before at least half of them were up to no good!
But, whilst the likes of Robbie is shooting people, Ziggy is trying to sleep his way through half of Chester and Freddie is dealing drugs to the other half, you would be forgiven for thinking that oldest brother Joe is the quiet, sensible one – but according to Ayden Callaghan, the actor who plays him, you would be wrong!
On the outside Joe seems level headed, focussed and settled, running the family business whilst blissfully happy and in love with fiancée, Lindsey (Sophie Austin), but according to Callaghan the cool calm and collected character is harbouring secrets from a very colourful past!
Describing his character to Digital Spy, former Emmerdale actor Callaghan said:
“I think Joe is your alpha-male type – he’s red-blooded and passionate. When we were in the development stages, the characters didn’t have names but we were given animals to think about. Joe’s animal was a lion, so that sums him up – he’s powerful, he can be dangerous but also incredibly protective of his family, as a head lion would be.
“On the surface, Joe is pretty straightforward – there’s no nonsense and you absolutely know where you stand, because he’ll tell you! But there’s a lot of stuff under the surface and a lot of things that have happened in Joe’s past, which have led him up to this point. I would say he’s battling himself a lot to keep the beast inside tame.
“One of the things we’ve talked about is that Joe is just one red mist away from the nick! But having met Lindsey and fallen in love, he’s got something to better himself for and try to work towards. Lindsey very much keeps him on a level ground. Without Lindsey, I think Joe could be incredibly destructive to himself and to anybody around him…”
On the subject of his past, he continued:
“Well, the creative team have been fantastic in creating such wonderful characters for us, and we’ve spoken a lot about their history. That history informs what we do on screen and how the characters react to different situations. There is a colourful past there with Joe, and I’m sure in time there will be elements of that coming up to the surface and into storylines. Obviously I can’t go into too much detail, but I think there’s plenty of scope for love, drama and laughs.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD.