New dad Kieron Richardson was fighting tiredness as he took to the red carpet at the British Soap Awards

Kieron Richardson revealed he was so tired caring for his newborn children Chase and Pheobe he’d resorted to layering on fake tan.

The Hollyoaks star became a dad with husband Carl two weeks ago… and was barely getting used to his new routine.

He told What’s on TV at the British Soap Awards: “We kind of planned it, we were having IVF, we knew we were going down this route, we knew we’d get babies at some point and now they’re here and you can’t really prepare yourself… You think you can by buying everything, but until they’re in your arms and that overwhelming feeling of love and after a couple of days when they start opening their eyes and you’re feeding them, oh my god, it melts your heart.”

Despite his Soap Awards nomination as Best Actor Kieron admitted he was desperate to get back to his family.

Would he prove to be better father than his drug addict, jailbird Hollyoaks character?

“I feel that Ste’s a brilliant dad in the way he absolutely adores and loves his children, but I feel like his choices are quite questionable. So I hope I’m not going to make the mistakes Ste’s made, but shower them with the love that Ste showers Leah and Lucas.”

Hollyoaks won three awards, including best on-screen partnership for Richard Linnell and Kassius Nelson for their roles as Alfie Nightingale and Jade Albright, scene of the year for Jade saying goodbye to Alfie and the outstanding achievement award, which was won by the soap’s veteran star Nick Pickard after 21 years on the show.