Hollyoaks’ Hollie-Jay Bowes has revealed she thinks of ex co-star Kent Riley as her ‘daytime boyfriend’.

The 21-year-old actress plays Michaela McQueen in the Channel 4 soap, and even though Kent, who played her on-screen boyfriend Zak Ramsey, is married, Hollie-Jay, liked to think he was hers during working hours.

Hollie-Jay said: “My on-screen boyfriend, Kent Riley, who plays Zak, we’ve become very close. I adore him to pieces. It’s weird not seeing him everyday. I felt like I had a day boyfriend. I love him and his wife Lisa. He’s an amazing lad. I only left two weeks after him.”

She is set to leave Hollyoaks after four years later this month, but she says she feels like she has already left, as so many of her friends have already departed.

Hollie-Jay admitted: “I feel I’ve gone off with the rest of them who’ve left.”

The actress says she’s more excited about what comes next than sad about leaving Hollyoaks.

She said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I feel like I’m on holiday a bit. I’ve been there so long it’s like I’ve come to a sudden stop when I’m chilling out. I’m sure when I’m off-screen that’s when I’ll go, ‘Oh I’m not in it any more!’

“I did Grange Hill as well for two years before that so I’ve been there since I was 15, and am 21 now. So it’s six years of fun and working in same building. I’m ready to move on now. If you don’t leave somewhere you’ll be somewhere for ever. I’m just excited about moving on.”