Hollyoaks casting announcement
HOLLYOAKS CAST BENJAMIN O’MAHONY AS COUNTY LINES DRUG BOSS, VICTOR
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Hollyoaks viewers will be introduced to county lines drug boss, Victor, who is set to bring with him even more pressure and danger for the young people of the Chester village.
Benjamin O’Mahony, who has also starred in Ripper Street as DS Frank Thatcher, will play Victor, Jordan Price’s more powerful and manipulative boss.
Jordan (played by Connor Calland) has been on screen since December 2019 and has already groomed teenagers Juliet Nightingale (Niamh Blackshaw) and Sid Sumner (Billy Price) to work for him.
Speaking about Victor’s arrival, Connor said: “It’s going to be seen on screen how the hierarchy works. The audience will get to understand why Jordan is the way he is. You’ll see that he’s not the nastiest person in the village anymore…”
INTERVIEW WITH BENJAMIN O’MAHONY (VICTOR)
How excited were you when you got the role of Victor?
Getting cast as Victor was brilliant. My agent called one afternoon and said that Hollyoaks were interested in seeing me about a county lines storyline. If I’m honest I didn’t really know what county lines were, but the part sounded too juicy to pass up. I got the call that I’d got the job a few days after auditioning and I was over the moon!
How much of a challenge will it be to play a character like Victor?
Victor is a complex character with a dark past and those are the parts that are always the most satisfying to play. In my day-to-day life I’m not (luckily) like Victor so it’s about finding ways to empathise with a man who does some rather awful things to some very vulnerable people.
How would you describe Victor?
Victor is (arguably) a sociopath, who is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants – comfortable with manipulating and exploiting vulnerable children to build himself the empire he thinks he deserves. I would argue that Victor sees himself as an efficient businessman working within a violent industry, but there is also another side to him that is addicted to the power and loves to see the fear in people’s eyes.
Source Channel 4
April 7, 2020 5:09am ET by Channel 4