Despite maintaining an almost invisible presence in Hollyoaks, fans will know how newcomer, Kevin Foster, is far from a wall flower!
Since his arrival, as an unknown bar man at Chez Chez, Kevin (Elliot Balchin) has been working to bring down Brendan Brady (Emmett J Scanlan) on behalf of his arch-nemesis, Simon Walker (Neil Newbon).
Having already succeeded in causing a rift between Brendan and his one-true-love, Ste (Kieron Richardson) by alerting Amy of their new relationship forcing her to take the kids away, Walker is about to take his revenge to a new level, with Kevin as his main prop.
Now, with his character right in the thick of all the action, the actor who plays Kevin, Elliot Balchin has discussed his character’s future with Digital Spy:
With regards to settling in at the Liverpool based soap, Elliott confessed:
“It’s been amazing. In terms of the whole cast and crew, it’s one of the friendliest environments that I’ve worked in. Everyone makes such a concerted effort to introduce themselves and just make you feel welcome.
“It’s great, particularly because we’ve got so many long-running cast members here. You’d think they’d be sick of new faces after a while, but everyone’s amazing. I’ve been blessed.”
On the subject of his character’s current storyline, Elliot continued:
“I think it’s been great, because it’s subtle to start with and the build-up is nice – it’s very gradual. Because I’m around such big characters with major storylines, it’s nice to come in under the radar.
“The characters and the audience are learning new things about Kevin all the time, so there is a shock factor when things start to come out. That’s nice, because I’ve had so many people messaging me with questions. Kevin does become integral to the story, so it’s nice to have people guessing and questioning.”
“Kevin has been on the streets for years and he’s been in the foster care system. His beginning in the show is quite similar to Ste’s. Ste came into the show originally as a little scally, and Kevin emulates some of the qualities that Ste had at that time. It’s nice that Brendan picks up on that and there are parallels to be made.
“I think Kevin is led by his circumstances. He finds himself in circumstances and situations that he wouldn’t put himself in by choice. Deep down he’s not a bad person. He has the ability to manipulate, but he’s not evil.”
“I was really lucky to be working with Neil Newbon, who plays Walker, because we spent a lot of time together before we started shooting. We were going over our backstories, and a lot of it we created ourselves. We re-enacted Kevin and Walker’s first meeting and stuff like that.
“Between us, we worked out that while Walker has been on the run for the shooting incident with Riley, he spotted Kevin pick-pocketing and doing little bits of criminal activity. Walker also saw the similarities between Kevin and Ste, so he realised that he could use all of this to his advantage.
“Walker has been talking to Kevin about Brendan’s history for quite a while. We decided that they’d been planning this for a good few months before the viewer’s even saw Kevin on screen.”
As we reported earlier this month, Kevin is set to get close to the Double hard, Double B moustached monster that is Brendan Brady by lying about an abusive past, knowing that Brendan has been through something similar, to gain his trust.
On why Kevin lies to Brendan about being abused, Elliot explained:
“It’s because Walker has told Kevin all about Brendan’s abuse as a child. As so few people know about his history, Brendan has no idea that Kevin already knows his secret. When Brendan hears the story about Kevin being abused as a child, he instantly feels a connection with him.
“It’s manipulation at its worst, but then Kevin slips up out of fear the next day – he knows that he’s in way above his head! After that, Brendan knows that Kevin is lying.”
Of course, when Brendan does learn the truth, in true double B style he launches a violent attack on Kevin, of which Elliot describes:
“Luckily, it’s stopped before it gets to a certain stage, but then Walker also beats up Kevin. He gets into a few scrapes – my time in the make-up chair is long every morning, and usually entails some cuts and bruises!”
However, never one to miss an opportunity, Walker continues the attack where Brendan left off, and sends Kevin to the police to report Brendan for sexual assault, which Elliot explains:
“It’s all Walker’s idea! The thing to remember is that Kevin has spent so many years on the streets on his own. He thought that this Walker guy was going to give him some sort of protection and stability, but then the real Walker shows his face.
“With a lot of the stuff Kevin ends up doing, it’s purely through fear. He’s got one of two choices – he either gets beaten up by Walker or beaten up by Brendan! He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
Despite the obvious consequences this false report will cause Brendan, another one is how it will affect his relationship with Ste, of which Elliot explained:
“What’s interesting is that Kevin puts the seeds of doubt into Ste’s mind. There’s no outright statement from Ste of, ‘I do believe you’ or ‘I don’t believe you’. But Kevin is fantastic at putting seeds in people’s minds which become slow-burners. He gets people thinking things without them realising he had anything to do with it.
“Kevin starts manipulating the relationship between Brendan and Ste quite well. He puts a spanner in the works. Their relationship has been at its best before Kevin starts, but it does go slightly south.”
One person that Kevin has seemed to warm to, and even tried to back out of the plan for fear of her getting hurt, is Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson), so when Walker declares that he wants her dead, Kevin isn’t best pleased:
“Well, Kevin and Maxine’s relationship develops as time goes on. Kevin would never intentionally want to cause harm to another person. He’s not a violent person and he doesn’t have the same evil streak as Walker. Things become quite interesting between Kevin and Maxine, but you’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Finally, Elliot admits that his characters story is far from over, so we can look forward to seeing him more in the future:
“Kevin’s story develops quite a lot from now, and as for where it’s going to go from here, we’re still in talks. There’s a question mark over it at the moment, but Kevin’s character has the potential to stay on for a bit longer, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Watch Elliot in Hollyoaks action in the clip below:
Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD