Hollyoaks gets some fresh blood as Andrew Hayden-Smith joins as DS Armstrong

With the Gloved Hand Killer's body count at seven and Patrick Blake missing, Hollyoaks could do with a determined new detective on the scene.

Luckily they'll be getting a "young, driven and ambitious" one in the form of Andrew Hayden-Smith, who'll be arriving as DS Armstrong from June 14 to unearth the village's buried secrets.

Andrew Hayden-Smith joins Hollyoaks as DS Armstrong
Andrew Hayden-Smith joins Hollyoaks as DS Armstrong (Lime Pictures)

Cucumber star Andrew's character is enlisted to help the investigation into Patrick's "body in the wall" murder.

Viewers will remember at the start of the year that Patrick (Jeremy Sheffield) was murdered by his own granddaughter, wild child Nico Blake (Persephone Swales-Dawson).

Having been framed for the murder, Maxine (Nikki Sanderson) recruited Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson) to help hide Patrick's body in the city wall, where it still remains.

Maxine played by Nikki Sanderson
Maxine's secret could finally be discovered (Lime Pictures)

Is time up for Maxine and Darren now DS Armstrong's on the case?

Andrew said of his new role: "I am over the moon; I have watched Hollyoaks since it began so to be here in the village is surreal.

"It is a dream job to be thrown in to the heart of such a gritty storyline and I am looking forward to having the villagers quaking in their boots."

Andrew is best known for his roles in Byker Grove and Doctor Who.

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