Hollyoaks exit: Why did the original Ollie Morgan leave Hollyoaks?

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Hollyoaks have recast the role of Ollie Morgan, midway through the show’s current series. Aedan Duckworth portrayed Ollie for almost two years but why has he left the soap and who has replaced him? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers about Hollyoaks

Why did the original Ollie Morgan leave Hollyoaks? Why is there a new Ollie?

Oliver ‘Ollie’ Morgan in Hollyoaks is the teenage son of Luke (played by Gary Lucy) and Scarlett Morgan (Susie Amy).

Over the past two years, Ollie has had an emotional ride in Hollyoaks.

In harrowing scenes, Ollie was sexually abused by his football coach Buster Smith (Nathan Sussex), months after his parent’s wedding.

After Ollie’s abuse was uncovered by his friend Brooke (Talia Grant), alongside one of Buster’s other victims Brody (Adam Woodward), the pair report Buster to authorities.

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Thankfully in January 2019, Buster was sentenced to prison after he lost the court case against him.

Later that month, Ollie began dating his close friend Brooke and in August, Brooke revealed she was pregnant with his child.

Brooke gave birth to their son Thierry, who was later put up for adoption.

Since then, Ollie had been struggling, often turning to drugs to ease the pain.

The last time Hollyoaks viewers saw Ollie, was in a flashback, where he revisited his abuser in prison.

Things did not go according to plan and Buster said some horrible things to Brody and Ollie, leaving them distraught and angry.

The storyline then flashed forward to the present day, where Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) came across a letter from Ollie.

In the letter, Ollie revealed he had run away to his mum’s house.

Actor Aedan Duckworth who played Ollie has subsequently been removed from the opening credits.

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Duckworth exit is unexpected and it remains unknown why exactly he is leaving the soap.

Express.co.uk has contacted Channel 4 for comment.

Duckworth will be replaced by newcomer Gabriel Clark in the role of Ollie.

Clark is no stranger to Hollyoaks, having played the role of Chris Neeson in the series originally.

Chris was one of Buster’s victims, who testified against him at his 2019 abuse trial.

Speaking to the Metro, Clark said: “I’m so excited to join the cast of Hollyoaks. Two years ago, I was part of the Buster storyline, so to be finally here, playing a lead role in Hollyoaks, it is very surreal.’

Last week (Thursday, November 5), E4 aired a first look trailer which show’s Ollie’s return to the series.

The clip features Luke bringing Ollie back into the village, after being kicked out of his mum’s house for stealing.

He is also seen pleading with ex-girlfriend Brooke, who tells him: “You left the village without even saying goodbye, then you ignored every call and message I sent.

“I’m telling you now, you’re going to have to do a lot more than just ‘sorry’.”

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4

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