Hollyoaks star Rob Norbury says Silas Blissett actor Jeff Rawle is a heartthrob!

by Lynn Connolly

Rob Norbury, who of course plays Riley Costello in Chester based soap Hollyoaks, has revealed that he’s got competition in the heartthrob stakes, from his co-star Jeff Rawle!

Jeff of course plays serial killer Silas Blissett, who is Riley’s granddad.

Speaking to the PA, Rob revealed that he and Jeff recently went on a night out together in Liverpool, and both men were shocked at the amount of female attention that Jeff illicited.

Rob said, “He came out for a night out with us in Liverpool and he got mobbed, I was getting a bit jealous.

“All these hot blondes were coming up to him, I was like, ‘I’m not happy here’.

“He’s a bit of a pin-up, forget all those Dirty Dens and all that…”

Rob, who was up for Inside Soap’s Sexiest Male award this year, added, “He’ll be up for a sexiest male nomination.

“He can have my long-list nomination, because I won’t be getting on it, you can put Jeff Rawle up. I think he’ll win it.”

And of what Jeff’s like in real life, Rob said, “He’s amazing. He can just talk for hours about the people he knows and the things he’s done and you just want to listen, all day.”

Rob’s also been speaking to What’s On TV about the fact that some of his mates take the micky out of him for all the tears he sheds as his alter ego.

As fans will know, some of Riley’s most emotional scenes of late have been focusing on the fact that his partner Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) has been having it away with his dad, Carl (Paul Opacic). And that therefore Mercy’s baby may not be Riley’s.

Of his on-screen tears, Rob said, “It does affect you a little bit and you feel like, ‘Flippin’ eck, I feel a bit morbid’.

“But then you see your mates and have a bit of a laugh and you’re fine about it,” he said.

“They’re usually the ones to give you a ribbing about it.

“I take a lot of abuse for crying on telly, but I can deal with it.”

Here’s a clip of one of those moments Rob had to get emotional as Mercedes admitted she’d cheated on him…

Getting back to women fancying Jeff, is he your idea of a pin-up? Let us know!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.