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Hollyoaks is set to welcome the Nightingale family next month, who will take over the The Dog in the Pond pub.

Mac Nightingale, played by David Easter, was introduced to the Channel 4 soap in May when he was revealed to be Cindy Savage’s secret husband.

Hollyoaks' Nightingale familyHollyoaks’ Nightingale family (Lime Pictures)

He is returning to the village in October with his family – daughter, Ellie (Sophie Porley), two sons Nathan (Jared Garfield) and Alfie (Richard Linnell), and Nathan’s fiancee, Rachel Hardy (Jennifer Brooke), who have all moved from Brighton.

They will soon be joined by Mac’s glamorous girlfriend Neeta Kaur (Amrit Maghera). But unbeknown to Mac, Cindy (Stephanie Waring) did not sign annulment papers earlier this year and is actually still his wife.

David said: “I really wanted to be in Hollyoaks and Bryan Kirkwood knew of my work so it came along very quickly.

Hollyoaks' Cindy Savage, played by Stephanie Waring, Hollyoaks’ Cindy, played by Stephanie Waring, is still married to Mac (Lime Pictures)

“The family move in with a bit of a bang and of course Mac’s secretly married to Cindy, so there is going to be some tremendous dramas trying to sort that out.”

The Dog pub has been owned by the Osborne family on-and-off since 1996.