Hollyoaks star Bronagh Waugh is looking forward to a lengthy stint on the soap after bosses signed her up for 18 months.

The Northern Irish actress, who plays maneater Cheryl Brady, said her latest contract takes her up to April next year.

Admitting it was an unusually long deal, she said: “It is quite long actually, most people are six months or a year – but I’m glad they’ve let me know longer term because at least you’re not going ‘Should I look for another job?’ I can really put my head down and concentrate and enjoy the next couple of years.”

Bronagh’s character was first introduced in the Hollyoaks Later spin-off, as the ex-girlfriend of Malachy Fisher (Glen Wallace), but impressed bosses then drafted her into the main show.

The 27-year-old said she could see herself in the soap for another two years.

“I would say another two years maybe and then it’s time to go. It’s such a big character that I wouldn’t want to get pigeon-holed in just that type of thing.”

Bronagh has been nominated in the newcomer category at the National Television Awards.

She said of being shortlisted: “I was beside myself with excitement and very very shocked. I thought someone was taking the mickey out of me to begin with.”

A spokeswoman for the soap would not comment on actors’ individual contracts.

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