Hollyoaks star Rob Norbury wants Riley to “pick himself up and enjoy life again”

by Lynn Connolly

Hollyoaks star Rob Norbury, who of course plays Riley Costello, has told What’s On TV magazine that he’d like his character to move on from Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) and enjoy life.

As fans will know, Rob and Mercedes are due to tie the knot, but it’s been rumoured that on the couple’s wedding day, he will learn that his bride-to-be had an affair with his dad Carl.

Rob said, “Obviously he’s been through a lot and it takes its toll, but I’d like to see him pick himself up and enjoy life again and make the most of the fact he is only a young lad and he’s in the position he’s in.

“I’d like to see him become a bit stronger and more streetwise because I do think he’s a bit naive at points.”

Rob went on to say that things are “more exciting” at Hollyoaks since Emma Smithwick took over as the show’s producer…

He said, “There’s a lot of changes, especially in the cast, a few new people starting and I think every time somebody new comes in there’s an excitement and a buzz.

“Everybody’s just really enjoying being at work at the moment and that’s when you get the best out of everyone.”

However, he also admitted that he’ll miss Victoria Atkin, who plays his transgendered brother, Jason Costello, and who is leaving the show.

Rob said, “Victoria’s happy and she feels she’s taken that character as far as she can. She’s done amazingly with the part and the storyline. She’s done a good job on it.

“It’s gutting for me because I don’t want to see someone I’ve worked with quite a lot go.

“But she wants to go and do other things, and I’ll still be speaking to her so it’ll be all right.”

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.