Loose Women’s Denise Welch joins Hollyoaks cast as Maxine Minniver’s mother

Loose Women star Denise Welch has revealed she's joining the cast of Hollyoaks as Maxine Minniver's mother Trish.

The 62-year-old television favourite announced her exciting news during the latest instalment of the ITV daytime show on Monday.

Denise will join the Channel 4 soap for one year, playing her former Coronation Street co-star Nikki Sanderson's on-screen mother Trish, a dance teacher with a "dark side".

In true Hollyoaks fashion, all is not set to go smoothly as Trish will appear in Hollyoaks under the ominous shadow of boyfriend Brad, who takes a shine to her daughter Maxine.

The TV star, who is a long-time fan of the show, said: "I am thrilled to be joining the cast of Hollyoaks in this, their 25th year.

"I'm looking forward to working with some old friends and making new ones.

"The character of Trish Minniver is an actor's dream and I can't wait to introduce her to you."

Denise is no stranger to soaps having starred in ITV soap opera Coronation Street alongside Nikki, who played Natalie Barnes and Candice Stowe.

The veteran actress has also worked with other Hollyoaks stars, including Waterloo Road co-star Chelsee Healey.

Fellow Loose Women panelist and Hollyoaks actress Kelle Bryan knew Denise had been cast on the soap and sent her a video message to say congratulations.

Denise joked that her other half Lincoln Townley might have to be a body double for her "hunky new lover" in the show if there are any romantic scenes due to social distancing measures.

She explained: "I've got a hunky new lover."

"Because of Covid restrictions, he's probably very glad he doesn't have to kiss me, but they've also mentioned there may be times that Lincoln might have to be a body double if there's any jiggy jigs."

The actress said that she will continue working on Loose Women but is "honoured" that the role has been created.

She said: "I'm excited because I miss my acting. I love the show.

"It's their 25th anniversary and I feel very honoured that this role has been created. It's fabulous."

Trish will make her on-screen debut in January 2021, much to the shock of Maxine, who has spent most of her time without any immediate family around her.

Hollyoaks begin their 25th birthday week on Monday with plenty of old faces returning to mark the landmark occasion.

Soap stars Jorgie Porter and Jeremy Edwards make their explosive comebacks this week as their alter-egos Theresa McQueen and Kurt Benson.

Hollyoaks continues on Channel 4 on Monday at 6.30pm followed by a first-look episode on E4 at 7pm

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