Ross Adams says in a happy place after his first year on Hollyoaks and revealed his past as a writer on Emmerdale prepared him for the punishing schedule of life on a soap.

Ross plays colourful Scott Drinkwell, who came into the Channel 4 soap as Sinead O’Connor’s cousin, but lately has been primarily involved in an on-off relationship with John Paul McQueen.

Ross told What’s on TV: “I kind of knew what to expect because I used to script edit and storyline [soaps]. I storylined Emmerdale and I script-edited Emmerdale for a while, so I kind of knew how punishing… I knew what I was letting myself in for.”

Ross revealed that he turned to writing after his acting career hit a dead end. “I was acting from 21-27, but when I got to 27 things dried up and I wanted to get a mortgage and all of that, so I became a storyliner.”

But his start on Hollyoaks was troubled. “It was really difficult at first because Scott was a bit of a Marmite character and a lot of people didn’t warm to him initially. More so now that he’s found happiness with John Paul and he’s kind of chilled out a bit. I feel the audience are warming to them, which is lovely for me, because it’s not very nice when you’re reading awful tweets. It’s good now, I’m happy now.”

Watch Ross Adams talk about Hollyoaks and how similar he is to Scott, above.

*Ross was nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the recent British Soap Awards, which was won by Corrie’s Patti Clare