As we reported earlier this month, Nick Pickard had revealed that it was going to be a big year for his Hollyoaks character, Tony Hutchinson and he wasn’t joking!
Fans of the hit Channel 4 soap will know that Tony, the only original cast member still on the show, is about to embark on a new relationship with sixth form teacher, Dianne O’Connor (Alex Fletcher) which fizzles out early on when it becomes obvious that his heart still belongs to ex fiancée, Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper).
However, Jacqui is set to leave the show after the actress who plays her, Claire Cooper, quit last month, and it couldn’t come at a worse time for budding entrepreneur Tony, as he is about to be diagnosed with testicular cancer in an upcoming storyline.
According to Digital Spy, filming of this sensitive and emotional storyline has already begun, with show bosses thoroughly researching the subject before viewers see Tony receive his diagnosis in May this year, in hope that it will raise awareness of the illness that Cancer Research UK figures show affects around 2,090 men in the UK alone.
Discussing the plot, Nick Pickard who plays Tony commented:
“I am really excited and hugely honoured to be involved in this upcoming storyline for Tony. As an actor you really want to portray dramatic stories that you can really get your teeth into and that strike a chord with the audience.
“Tony’s diagnosis will certainly challenge me as an actor and I hope will raise awareness of this particular type of male cancer.”
Nick, who has played Tony since Hollyoaks first episode back in 1995, told Digital Spy earlier this week:
“It’s a very big year ahead for Tony, which is very good for me. I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll actually be one of my biggest years, this year.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD.
Watch an old interview with Nick in the clip below: