There's a shock in store for Mercedes McQueen later this year when her ex-husband Russ Owen, played by Stuart Manning, returns to Hollyoaks Village...

Hands-up if you remember Hollyoaks character Russ Owen? Guess what? He is coming back!

The character, played by Stuart Manning, was last seen on screen in the Channel 4 soap back in 2009, when he did a runner from the village with his baby son Max, who he had with Mercedes McQueen’s sister Tina.

“After a decade away from Hollyoaks it felt like the right time to come back and particularly when the show is on such a high,” says Stuart who more recently has had guest roles in BBC 1’s Casualty and Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge. “It will be really interesting for me to explore how the character of Russ has evolved and to return as a different actor to who I was back then.”

But what brings Russ back to the village after all this time? How will ex-wife Mercedes react when she sees him again? And will the McQueen family want to get back custody of Max from runaway Russ?

Stuart begins filming this summer and will be seen on screen later in the year.

Hollyoaks continues weeknights at 6:30pm on Channel 4.