After much anticipation, Hollyoaks have revealed the identities of Darren Osborne's unknown kidnappers.
The criminal couple will be played by Alex Rider's Ky Discala and newbie Matthew James-Bailey.
Maya (Ky) is a twisted villain on a mission with her boyfriend-sidekick Ethan on hand to help. Viewers will have caught a glimpse of Ethan earlier this month (November), but he'll be making his official debut on our screens during Friday's (November 26) first-look episode on E4.
Hollyoaks viewers were recently blindsided by the mysterious disappearance of Darren Osborne. The character, played by Ashley Taylor Dawson, vanished following a disagreement with Nancy Hayton (Jessica Fox) after she revealed she was pregnant.
Nancy is convinced he's done a runner, but little does she know the father of her unborn baby is being held captive in a nearby hotel by Ethan and his mysterious boss.
Ethan tells Darren that if he wants to stay alive he'll need to do as he's told and not pull any surprises. However, it's Maya Darren needs to be worried about.
In a thrilling trailer that teased all the upcoming action and new characters this winter, Ethan can be heard saying: "Maya, she's part of a family of criminals. No one's ever lived to give evidence against them."
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And it looks like things get desperate for Darren as Ethan seems determined to prove he's got what it takes to impress Maya.
On joining the Hollyoaks, Ethan said: "My time on the soap thus far has been incredible. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and to be welcomed in to the Hollyoaks family the way I have been.
"Working with a fan favourite, Ashley Taylor Dawson, has been incredibly fun. I think we’ve been able to make some amazing content for the fans."
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He continued, teasing: "I won’t give too much away, but Ethan is here to shake things up and bring a new, albeit ‘manic’, energy to the village – unfortunately so for Darren, and he won’t be the last to have the displeasure of meeting Ethan…I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been working on. Ethan’s definitely coming in with a bang."
Ky added: "I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Hollyoaks as Maya! She is your classic ‘Femme Fatale’."
She continued: "It’s been great to play the new female villain, but, boy, she’s ruthless… Unfortunately for Darren he was her next victim which not only sees him but the whole village on their toes…"
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