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Phina Oruche promises 'Oaks "surprises"

By and Kris Green
Phina Oruche


Hollyoaks newcomer Phina Oruche has revealed that viewers can expect "surprises" from her character Gabby Sharpe.

The actress was recruited to play the mum-of-two earlier this year and was seen in the role for the first time last night.

Speaking about what is ahead for her new alter ego, the 37-year-old teased that Gabby is driven by love for her children and is very different from her memorable Footballers' Wives character Liberty Baker.

Oruche told DS: "She wears her heart on her sleeve. She's a mum first and foremost and she's got her identity from being a mum.

"She's been married for a long time, she doesn't know her own strength yet. She's a quiet person - it's hard for me to play a quiet person but she's a quiet person - she's strong and she's way classier than I'll ever be! She's not lairy like Liberty, falling down stairs or falling out of cabs. She's the opposite.

"She's quiet but there's a few surprises in store. I'm a mum now and you never know what you'll do to protect your children or where your strength will come from until you test it. She's a ma!"

Oruche was the first star to be signed up by Hollyoaks' new boss Paul Marquess, who has been heading up production at the soap since January.

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