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Exclusive: 'Hollyoaks' casts Corrie villain as John Paul's new love interest

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Hollyoaks bosses have cast former Coronation Street star Stephen Billington as John Paul McQueen's new love interest, Digital Spy can reveal.

The actor, best known for his role as Weatherfield villain Greg Kelly, has already started filming with the Channel 4 soap and will make his first appearance next week.

James Sutton as John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks

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James Sutton as John Paul McQueen



Billington is playing Danny Lomax, a new drama teacher for Hollyoaks High.

Danny immediately catches John Paul's eye when he joins the school, and JP is later delighted when his colleague seems to feel the same way about him.

However, show insiders have warned that there are "a lot of skeletons" in Danny's closet which could turn the worlds of a number of Hollyoaks residents upside down.

Billington's Coronation Street character Greg was introduced in 1998 as the long-lost son of Les Battersby (Bruce Jones).

Stephen Billington & Bruce Jones at a Coronation Street photo call in 1998

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Stephen Billington with Bruce Jones in 1998



Greg's dramatic storylines, which included an abusive relationship with Sally Webster, earned Billington the 'Villain of the Year' title at the first ever British Soap Awards in 1999.

Since leaving Corrie, Billington has appeared in a number of other TV and film roles, as well as working as an acting teacher.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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