Goldie McQueen is the latest addition to Hollyoaks' most fiery family. But who is the McQueen which most defines the all-drama dynasty?
The McQueens arrived in Hollyoaks back in 2006, quickly becoming one of soap’s most controversial and colourful families ever.
Are you even a McQueen if you haven’t been to prison, faked your own death, slept with your sister’s husband or been held hostage a couple of times?
Now there’s a new addition to the family – young mum Goldie (Chelsee Healey) is about to descend on the village with a troublesome young brood and a dangerous past.
But who has been through the most in the past 10 years? Who is the biggest ‘drama McQueen’? Here we rank the family which knows no shame…
The first McQueen on the scene really had it easy compared to her relatives. More of a comedy sidekick to her friend Amy, Michaela (Hollie-Jay Bowes) had little drama of her own. Now she’s sunning it up in Ibiza – lucky for some…
While she hasn’t been around for long, self-conscious Celine (Sarah George) was in thick of it in the Gloved Hand Killer storyline. Taking inspiration from the hospital murderer, she attempted to kill her sisters’ abuser Pete.
10 & 11 Porsche and Cleo
Both sisters fell prey to stepdad Pete’s abusive nature. While no one would believe poor Porsche (Twinnie-Lee Moore), Cleo (Nadine Mulkerrin)was firmly under his spell. Porsche soon left after her husband’s affairs with her cousins were revealed, but Cleo remains in the village, taking the blame for crimes she didn’t commit.
When dying in an explosion orchestrated by your vengeful long-lost brother doesn’t even make you the unluckiest McQueen, you know your family has issues.
The honorary McQueen. The homeless teen had been through a lot before joining the family; she was then arrested for Mercedes’ ‘murder’ and offed by the Gloved Hand Killer. Now that is unlucky. Poor Phoebe (Mandip Gill).
Although he’s had a series of torrid love affairs and a turbulent career as a teacher, John-Paul (James Sutton) may be the most stable person in the family. The torment and rape he suffered at the hands evil schoolboy Finn has been John-Paul’s biggest struggle, but his life’s been thrown into more confusion as his estranged dad is now his boss, the Headmistress!
She’s been to prison for killing her daughter’s father, donated a kidney to a budding serial killer and, of course, been taken hostage. Through all this Theresa (Jorgie Porter) managed to come up with inventive names for her children – Myra-Pocahontas Regina Madonna Savage-McQueen just rolls off the tongue.
We all know the McQueens love a drink, but Reenie (Zoe Lucker) was on a totally different level when it comes to alcohol consumption. Her parenting skills are not all they might be, but then the mum-of-three had a dreadful upbringing and is married to a complete wrong ‘un. Bad luck as much as poor judgment, we’d say.
Having lost three children, Myra (Nicole Barber-Lane) is a truly unlucky soap matriarch. She was forced into an impossible ‘Sophie’s Choice’ decision by her abandoned son and was ‘killed’ by evil Dr Browning. As well as her own troubles, she has to witness the constant messes her kids get into.
The ditzy beautician/PCSO/nun was often overlooked by her family. Carmel (Gemma Merna) fell in love with Jacqui’s immigrant husband, was scarred by a fake-tan lamp, widowed on her wedding day, manipulated by a fake priest and cheated on time after time. Even when she died in the 2015 train disaster, it wasn’t long before Mercedes upstaged her by faking her own murder.
Introduced fresh from a prison cell, Jacqui (Claire Cooper) had on-off relationships with crime and Tony Hutchinson. She suffered a sexual assault by a friend, her cheating husband Rhys died in a bus crash and her dreams of having a baby never quite panned out. Run out of the village by Trevor Royle, she faked her own death and moved to Alicante. Don’t bet on her not returning one day!
It had to be Mercedes (Jen Metcalfe) – the village vixen is known for her explosive storylines and schemes. She’s been married three times with two dead husbands and one dead fiancé and affairs peppered throughout. She’s been kidnapped twice, faked her own death, killed her murdering husband, stabbed herself and become an escort. Now raising her former friend (and Gloved Hand Killer’s) children, the feisty McQueen seems to have mellowed, but given her track record, it won’t last long…
Ratings by Jessica McComish