Denise Welch joins Hollyoaks as Maxine Minniver's mum Trish

Denise Welch joins Hollyoaks as Maxine Minniver's mum Trish

Denise Welch has landed a role on Hollyoaks for the next year.

For the next year the TV star will be playing Trish, mother of Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson) a dance teacher ‘with a dark side’.

When she drops in in January 2021, everything won’t be exactly rosy between her and Maxine as her lover Brad ‘takes a shine’ to her daughter.

Denise is no stranger to soaps, having appeared on Coronation Street as Natalie Barnes, with Nikki playing Candice Stowe.

She has also acted with Chelsee Healy, who plays Goldie on the soap, in school drama Waterloo Road.

Revealing her big news on Loose Women on Monday, she said her fellow panelist and Hollyoaks actress – Kelle Bryan knew she had been cast, and sent her a video message to say congrats.

Denise has been sitting on the secret for nearly two months ahead of her start on set in November. Luckily she will be able to juggle it with Loose Women, and noted the Channel 4 show had been ‘very good to her’ about the filming schedule.

She joked that her other half Lincoln might be asked to stand in as a body double for romantic scenes due to social distancing measures.

‘I’m going to be joining the cast of Hollyoaks for a whole year,’ she said.

‘I’m playing my lovely Nikki Sanderson’s mum Trish who is a dance teacher with a dark side. I’ve got a hunky lover, but they’ve mentioned there may be times Lincoln has to be a body double if there’s any jiggy jigs!’

She went on: ‘Chelsee Healy, Joe McGann, all these people I’ve worked with before – Kelle knows about it. I’ve known for about six weeks. I start beginning of November but I can still do Loose.

‘I miss my acting, I love the show and I feel very honoured.’

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