Theresa McQueen's new best friend Liberty, her fiancé Ethan Scott and mysterious Irishman Pete will all quickly make their mark in Chester once they make their debut on screen in forthcoming episodes.
Actress and singer-songwriter Abi Phillips has taken on the role of Liberty, who immediately hits it off with Theresa (Jorgie Porter) when they meet for the first time. However, it's not long until the pair's blossoming friendship hits an unexpected stumbling block.
Phillips will already be familiar to some fans of the teen show as she is the voice behind the track 'Missing You', which proved popular with viewers when it was recently featured in Steph Roach's death episode. The musician penned the song after being inspired by Steph's cervical cancer storyline and later submitted it to be used on the show.
Following the strong response to the track, Hollyoaks bosses arranged a meeting with Phillips and subsequently invited her to audition for the part of Liberty - a character they had been developing for some time.
Meanwhile, actor Craig Vye has landed the role of Ethan, a detective constable who catches Theresa's eye when he arrives in the village. A mutual attraction between the pair quickly grows, but when Theresa discovers that Ethan is Liberty's fiancé, she realises that she has found herself in another tricky situation.
Finally, former Cast Offs star Peter Mitchell's casting has also been officially confirmed. The Northern Irish actor - who has used a wheelchair since 2002 after a car crash left him paralysed - is to play Brendan Brady's old friend Pete, a new arrival who has a complicated history with the nightclub manager and turns up with a score to settle.
Liberty and Ethan will both appear on screen for the first time next week, while Pete makes his debut in February.